A Texas real estate agent, Evan Carroll, has made himself Internet famous, posting on his Facebook page a picture of an NYPD patrol car and this message:
2 down. 49,000 to go. Not ‘an execution’ just a minor insurrection and a bit of humble revenge. #BreathingBetter #StandWithThePeople
Here is a screen cap of the posting, which seems to call for another 49,000 police to be executed. This came after the tragic execution-style slaying of two New York Police Department officers, Wenjian Lui and Rafael Ramos.
PoliceBeat first captured the image, which Caroll has since made private.
As noted by Realuoso, PoliceBeat captioned their own screen cap of Carroll’s posting with “Your kind of realtor?” (sic).
Carroll, who lists his employment at JN& B Realty LLC, located in Humble, Texas, states on his LinkedIn page that he is a real estate agent and has been since February 2011. His previous work was in IT for Dealermade.
Calls to JN&B Realty and to what is apparently Carroll’s personal line went immediately to voicemail. Calls to his partner in the brokerage, Bryan Fagan, who is also an attorney, likewise rolled to voicemail on the first ring.
Needless to say, Carroll’s initial posting has ignited a firestorm on social media, with Realuoso asking whether Carroll’s posting – and PoliceBeat’s comment “Your kind of realtor?” – harmed the Realtor brand.
The post has been shared widely on Facebook, with almost all condemning the inciting language.
Carroll is a member of the National Association of Realtors, and his primary local board is the Houston Association of Realtors.
Both associations were quick to distance themselves from Carroll.
NAR issued this statement: "Mr. Carroll’s opinions are his and his alone. He does not represent the views of any association or industry to which he is tangentially connected."
HAR issued the following statement: “Statements made by individuals on their personal social media accounts do not represent the views of the association or real estate professionals as a whole.”
After the initial posting on his Facebook page, Carroll took to Facebook Monday evening, where he doubled down on his position, although he tried to hide the vitriol of his first posting and hide behind legitimate protests regarding police actions, calling himself an “outstanding citizen” while still supporting “inevitable” violent revolution.
Here is the full text of his posting – judge for yourself. Spelling and factual errors have not been corrected.
So many people are outraged at my lack of sympathy with the deceased NYPD officers, or my re-framing of the conflict to one of institutional racism and police oppression. In the past few years Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Houston's own Jordan Baker were murdered by police. These unarmed victims and their families and communities have the entirety of my sympathy, and I stand with them in solidarity.
Aside from my purported lack of sympathy, people are questioning my stance regarding the police. Personally, I've never been anything but a “peaceful protester.” I have no criminal violations whatsoever. By any definition imaginable, I'm an outstanding citizen. That doesn't mean that I disown the reaction of oppressed communities to systemic violence.
Cops are not being brought to justice and moreover I'm seeing the methods of peaceful protest and electoral reform fail. Thus far, I've watched the police evict Occupy Houston with batons in hand; and, just weeks ago, I saw them shut down a protest which comprised a community in mourning over the death of Eric Garner. The police did this by arresting people for interfering with the duties of a police officer. While I don't know the details of the case, I saw the arrests by HPD: in every case, those were unarmed individuals acting peacefully. I'm not content with the current state of affairs and have picked the side of the people. While I'd prefer to end with a quote from someone more radical, I'll leave with this one and hope it better connects with my audience
> Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - John F. Kennedy, Jr.
If peaceful revolution has been made impossible: if neither Jeb Bush norHillary Clinton spells “peaceful revolution” electorally, and everything from feeding the homeless to politically organizing in parks has been made illegal, will you stand with the current state of affairs regardless of injustice or embrace JFK's inevitable?
Do I wish every police officer dead? No. I wish they'd turn in the badge and cease being police officers and join the people. That is not realistic. For now, the focus must be on the systemic issues the police enshrine in society and how to best resolve those issues.
I don't want to make this further about me. I'm just another white guy who wrote something you don't like online. Turn to the voices of Ferguson and the local African American community and know that I stand with them.