Chicago PD Officer Pushes Back After Police Union Suspended Her Over George Floyd-Inspired Protest

A Chicago police officer who was suspended from the Fraternal Order of Police after she posted a photo of herself kneeling in solidarity with “Black Lives Matter” protesters says she wants the suspension removed from her record, and says she does not regret her decision to post the photo in the wake of the killing of George Floyd last year.

Carmella Means, a 26-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, says that she was taking a stand against racism when she posted the photo.

“I did feel empowered,” she said. “I did feel like I was doing the right thing.”

Shortly after Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, Means kneeled in protest in front of FOP Lodge 7, which represents members of the Chicago police. She says she took the photo during her lunch break, and posted it to her Facebook page with the hashtag “Black Lives Matter.”

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