New York Firefighter Accused of Burning Down Home to Make It Look Like an Act of Black Lives Matter

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An Endicott, New York firefighter was charged with setting fire to his own home and trying to pin the blame on the Black Lives Matter protest movement, the county district attorney announced Tuesday.

41-year-old Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty to arson charges in connection with the August blaze. Stokes’ wife and children were upstairs sleeping when he supposedly set the fire, complete with a series of rigged “booby traps” like cans filled with flammable objects and gasoline.

Written on the house at the time of the fire was the words, “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” likely intended to be taken as a reference to the flag outside the house with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter,” a popular rejoinder to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Source: Mediaite | Alex Griswold