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Aurora councilmember faces backlash for post, says it was meant to reflect solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Posted at 6:52 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 11:51:32-04

DENVER — One Aurora city councilmember is receiving backlash after sharing a post on Facebook on her Facebook page that she said was meant to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Councilmember Alison Coombs shared a post that read: "F*** pride. It’s wrath month. No cops, no KKK, no racist USA. All lives don’t matter until black lives matter. We’re here, we’re queer and we’re f***ing angry for our black siblings."

For Coombs, the post is part of the conversation on restructuring police departments and says it was meant to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I decided to share a post as an LGBTQ leader during pride month to demonstrate solidarity between myself and my community and the Black Lives Matter protests," she said.

Coombs says the post was more of a feeling and not meant to be taken literally.

However, she said she is in favor of restructuring the Aurora Police Department.

"Realistically, there are some things that we need police to do and I think a protest chant, which is what the post contained, isn’t an avenue where we’re communicating nuanced policy details," she said.

Some people who saw the post commented asking for her recall or asking city council to take action.

Coombs said she does not regret the post, but has since made it private.