A prominent Philadelphia union official said that police officers should “suffer” in the wake of the Ferguson riots.
Stewart Acuff, organizing director of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees local 1199, says police should “suffer” in order to win justice for Mike Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed man shot dead in a small Missouri city.
— Stewart Acuff (@stewartacuff) August 18, 2014
In addition to his current local organizing role, Acuff is a former organizing director for the AFL-CIO, according to the Labor Union Report.
Acuff’s call for suffering are at odds with the pacifist poetry he writes on his personal website.
“But the creatures of the shadows / Hunt, forage, do their business / Mama coon from the ancient sheared off maple / And her kits are stealing outside dog and cat food,” he writes. “War begets war, violence begets violence, hatred begets hatred…God is Love.”