A police officer in San Jose, California, who tweeted a threatening message to civil rights protesters has been placed on administrative leave as his behavior is investigated, a police spokesperson has told BuzzFeed News.

“By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun,” Officer Phillip White tweeted on Saturday night.


Demonstrators have used the last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” as a rallying cry during protests against police killings. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has also been used by the movement online.

White also vowed to use his “God given and law appointed right and duty to kill” if he or his family were threatened.

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