University apologies for Blue Lives Matter symbol, faces calls to fire campus safety officer

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University officials in California apologized to students and staff last month after a campus safety officer displayed a Blue Lives Matter emblem during a Zoom meeting on diversity. 

In an Oct. 29 email, several Santa Clara University administrators said an incident the night before “further damages the trust and faith that we are working so hard to build.”

During the virtual meeting, John Loretto, the assistant director of Campus Safety Services, had a postcard of the law enforcement symbol on a bookshelf behind him. The administrators said the symbol is “widely considered to be an effort to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement and its universally important goals,” according to the email. 

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The school’s College Republicans club criticized the university and the Santa Clara Multi-Cultural Center for sharing an Instagram post from another group that called the Blue Lives Matter sticker a “white supremacist icon” and an “anti-Black symbol,” Campus Reform reported. 

The post also called for Loretto to be fired. 

“We are disappointed in the university’s decision to label this an incident of hatred and in their subsequent calls for his firing,” Eoan Harrison, president of Santa Clara University College Republicans, told the news site. 

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