An unidentified man died in the front passenger seat of a police cruiser in Prince George’s County, Md., on Monday night—fatally shot by the officer driving the car. What’s not clear is what led the cop to shoot the handcuffed suspect in the first place.
His t-shirt featured the outline of Mickey Mouse’s head. But rather than the mouse’s face inside, there was an image of the Blue Lives Matter flag. I did a triple-take to make sure I had seen what I thought I had seen.
Why? What could possibly compel this shirt to exist? As I attempted to enjoy the train ride around the park, these questions turned over in my head.
The incongruity at the heart of the t-shirt is this: The Blue Lives Matter flag is a symbol of authoritarian obedience.
According to media reports, the man, 18-year-old Matthew Thomas Bernard, allegedly killed the wife, son and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, who pitches for a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. And when police caught up with Bernard, he was naked and running for his life.