Tribute message to McAllen police officer criticized for using #BlueLivesMatter


Ismael Chavez and his daughter Savannah.

Some people on Twitter criticized a woman who says she is the daughter of the murdered McAllen, Texas police officer, Ismael Chávez, for using the hashtag #bluelivesmatter in an emotional and heartbreaking tribute to the officer. However, others defended her with emotional responses, and one person told critics to “show some compassion.”

Others also offered tributes to the murdered police officer, recalling his respectful and friendly behavior and his previous job as a science coach and teacher.

The woman, Savannah, posted the tribute to her Twitter page on July 11, the same day that Chávez and his partner, Officer Edelmiro Garza, Jr., were killed in an ambush at a door. The police chief said the attack was unprovoked and that officers did not even have time to draw their weapons. She also wrote in her profile section, “RIP dad”.

Words cannot describe the pain I feel, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. You were an amazing man and anyone who knew you knew that. I’ll miss you a lot. you died doing what you loved the most, you died as a hero. I love you daddy, see you soon. #bluelivesmatter 💙, “Savannah wrote in the now-deleted post, which you can see here.

TwitterSavannah’s original tweet

One user responded by accusing Savannah of using a “racist” hashtag by typing #bluelivesmatter (a tweet that quickly garnered 1,700 likes).

“I’m very sorry for your loss, but you didn’t have to use a racist hashtag,” wrote that Twitter user, who later identified himself as a high school student, writing, “the fact that almost all of these responses are bitter old white people who they have nothing better to do than argue with a lmao high school student. I’m living in all their minds without rent. Anyway #JusticiaforBreonnaTaylor. “

Another person replied, also tweeting to the daughter: “The life of blue lives was literally created in response and undermines the lives of black people. Unfortunately, there is no other connotation. ”

Savannah’s cousin wrote on Twitter: “Literally, SOMEONE who is giving MY cousin shit for making his FATHER sad, can literally go to hell. This man was the most caring and loving person anyone could ever meet! it’s pathetic how people can be so unfriendly to a girl who’s trying to commemorate her father. “Another person chimed in,” she never said it in response to Black Lives Matter. She said she honored a man. Her father. little compassion. ” Another user also defended the daughter, writing: “What happens to people … Sorry for your loss, dear? Thank you for your father’s service, may he rest in peace. “

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TwitterMcAllen Police Officer Ismael Chávez with his daughter.

The cousin shared a tweet from another person criticizing the daughter of the murdered officer for using the blue life hashtag. Heavy has contacted the daughter and the cousin for comment.

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Savannah also wrote that she was ‘proud to call you my father’, but that didn’t stop some people from criticizing her for using the hashtag.

InstagramSavannah Chavez’s post

On Instagram, Savannah shared a similar message, adding: “I am very proud of you and all of your accomplishments and I am proud to call you my father. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. I thank God for putting you in my life. You will always be in my heart. It is my turn to make you feel proud. Everything I do, I do it for you. #McallenPD “.

However, on Twitter, some people became obsessed with their use of the hashtag #bluelivesmatter on that platform.

People tweeted the following comments in Savannah:

“I know the absolute pain of losing a parent. I was 11 years old when my father died. It almost destroyed me. but #bluelivesmatter is bullsh * t because it is a badge and uniform. Can be removed. becoming a police officer is a CHOICE. all lives cannot matter until #blacklivesmatter “.


People also tweeted at him the names of people killed by police officers in other areas of the country.






However, the police chief promised that the McAllen force would continue with strength and resolve.

“Every day in the face of adversity, whatever the nature of it in recent years, we have spoken about the national narrative, people against the police … in the face of that adversity, we stand up and serve,” said the boss Víctor Rodríguez said.

“In the face of a pandemic, officers went to a door today to serve regardless of threats to us, our health, our safety, and also our families. So we will get up again, and I think we will be stronger for that. “

Savannah also wrote:

I am very proud of you and all your achievements and I am proud to call you my father. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. I thank God for putting you in my life. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for making me the happiest “princess” ever.

He also received support from people across the country and from people who knew his father.

One man replied, “Your father was my field training officer. He loved his job. This Yeti mug was a gift I gave your father after my field training phase. You and your family are in my heart and in my mind. My condolences for the death of your father. We are here for you.”

Another friend recalled Chávez, writing: “My prayers are with you and your family. He was a very sweet man and always greeted me with such respect and kindness during my time at McAllen PD. He was also a great colleague and friend when I worked with my dad. May God be with you during this time. “

The two officers were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

According to Chief Rodríguez, the two officers responded to a call for domestic disturbances around 3:30 p.m. on July 11. The suspect has been named Audon Ignacio Rodríguez, a 23-year-old man with a series of arrests in the past.

“We met one of the complaining parties away from the location of the incident,” Rodríguez said.

“The complainant denounced the attacks that occurred in the house by (the suspect Audon Caramillo),” said the chief. He said the officers’ next step for the next step is to proceed to the residence to investigate what was happening. As they did so, they encountered another person in front of the patio who confirmed the call that there was a disturbance, “perhaps some attacks occurred in the home with the person.”

The next step, Rodríguez said, was for the officers “to go to the door of the residence.”

“They are doing their job; that’s how it’s supposed to be done, ”said Rodríguez. He said the callers were Caramillo’s wife and mother.

Chávez was a soccer coach and a former science teacher. “The WISD family mourns the loss of former WEHS science teacher and soccer coach Ismael Chávez. He was employed by WISD for approximately 9 years. Today Chávez and officer Edelmiro Garza were tragically killed in the line of duty. Our deepest condolences to their families, ”wrote Weslaco ISD.

Chávez was an official for approximately 2.5 years. A friend wrote to Chavez’s daughter on Twitter that her father “was the coolest teacher I had in high school.”

The chief described an ambush at the front door. “The person, the suspect in the incident, met our officers at the door and shot both of them while they were there,” Rodriguez said. “Both officers suffered fatal injuries, as a result, both died.”

Eventually, other officers who were in the area made a standard “visit” to verify the officers who were on the call. They saw the officers downstairs.

“It was the first time we at McAllen PD knew that we had officers down,” the chief said. “Officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly attack on them, let alone death.”

The chief promised that the officers would only be “weakened at the moment, but the strength and determination we have to serve our communities, all of us here, will allow us to do what our officers do every day,” he said.

Governor Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter:

Two of our best were killed in the line of duty while working to protect the residents of their community.

I spoke with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.

We join #BackTheBlue.

Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement on Twitter.

“Our prayers and full support go out to the brave men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD tonight. This office will provide any assistance requested in the coming days. We are grateful for the police in McAllen and in this great state, ”he wrote.

The police chief said Garza had worked as a McAllen police officer for almost nine years.

According to Rodríguez, the second group of officers approached the fallen police officers and Caramillo. who had a criminal record, left the house.

“He is behind a particular vehicle in front of the house,” said Rodríguez. “The officers ordered him to lower his weapon; the individual at that moment raises the weapon to commit suicide. That’s the full extent of the incident. “

He said the deaths were “very difficult,” adding that the fallen officers: “The officers came here to keep the peace. Instead, they were shot down. The next few days for us will be very, very difficult for us and for the department and the city of McAllen. “

“Our strength will help us,” said Rodríguez. “We gather our strength from our police officers, from our colleagues, from our leaders in our city. I can’t tell you how many calls I have taken or missed.

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