Southern Illinois newspaper apologizes for political cartoon

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METROPOLIS, IL (KTVI) - An Illinois newspaper is apologizing after publishing a cartoon that upset a police chief.

Metropolis, Illinois Police Chief Harry Masse was shocked when he logged on to Facebook and saw a cartoon showing an officer involved shooting.

"Disgusted that it was from The Southern Illinoisan, which is suppose to represent all of us down here," said Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse.

Masse says this is an example of a local paper not supporting local law enforcement. WHat makes him most upset, he says, is the squad car in the background, which reads "Tulsa PD. Black Lives Don't Matter." On top of the ca, the number of kills.

"Every police officer is getting painted with that broad paintbrush with that cartoon." said Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse.

The newspaper's publisher Craig Rogers released an apology for the cartoon.

It says in part: "Though we respect diverse opinions, we do not believe this was in good taste, nor constructive for dialog at the national or local level. We value the service of law enforcement officers serving southern Illinois, who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe."

Travis Russell, 22, says the newspaper has nothing to be sorry about.

"I think it was well within their rights to publish that as an independent, free, journalistic newspaper. I don't see any reason why they should." said Travis Russell.

Masse says he appreciates the apology, but what's done is done.

The artist is Chris Britt. He's nationally known for his controversial political cartoons.

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