The Philadelphia Family Court fired an employee Monday after video of him ripping signs supporting the Black Lives Movement off a fence and telling someone, “Not to me, they don’t.
Michael Henkel, a writ-server supervisor for the court, was fired from his job based on multiple violations of the state court system’s Code of Conduct and the Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Policy, as confirmed by the spokesperson of the court.
The family court spokesperson Martin O’Rourke said in a statement, “The Court takes this incident very seriously and believes Mr. Henkel’s behavior as shown in the video is egregious and totally unacceptable for an employee of the Courts.”
In the video, Henkel is seen ripping off the signs while an unidentified woman confronted him and tells him, “That’s not your property.”
It also showed that Henkel, said that his taxes “pay for this place” and that black lives don’t matter to him.
The signs were made and put up on the fence following a peaceful march through the neighborhood, calling for an end to police brutality and racism.
Henkel’s aggressive outbursts prompted local residents to pin hundreds of Black Lives Matter banners on the same fence to show solidarity against his behavior.
Reporters tried to reach Henkel for a comment or to air his side of the argument that let up to the incident in the recording.
According to city payroll records, Henkel has worked for the Philadelphia courts since 1992 and earned a base salary of $71,591.
On the other hand, the identity of the other person speaking in the video is still unknown.
The encounter comes as protesters across the country have been calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality after the death of black man George Floyd by white cop Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.