DALLAS (CBS11) – The woman who stole a “Back The Blue” sign from the outside of Norma’s Café apologized on Thursday.
On Wednesday afternoon, news quickly spread over social media that a woman had taken the sign honoring DART officer Brent Thompson. He was killed in the July 7 downtown Dallas ambush.
Thompson’s family gave the staff at Norma’s Café the sign shortly after his death.
A screenshot from security camera footage was released in the hopes the woman seen carrying the sign would return it to Norma’s Café.
“I want to apologize the families of the officers who’ve all been slain,” said the woman who took the sign. “We would never purposely dismantle a personalized memorial. I just figured it was some kind of political propaganda sign.”
Speaking via Skype from California, the Austin resident, who is on tour with her band, does not want her name used for safety reasons.
“I’ve received some death threats and I don’t want them to come for my family or anyone else’s family. There doesn’t need to be any more violence,” said the woman.
She said there was not much thought when she grabbed the sign.
“We’ve been on tour so we see a lot of these extreme signs all across the country and it just scares me you know. I think it’s dangerous to create a divide like that,” said the woman.
She eventually returned the sign but not before her image spread all over the internet, carryin some comments that are considered to be extremely vulgar.
“I think it’s a little extreme. But people were upset and they have a right to be,” said the woman.
The staff at Norma’s Café said they were happy to have the sign back. The Oak Cliff restaurant called for an end to all the nasty comments saying: “Norma’s Café will always choose love over hate.”
“It’s scary the way people react to something so nonviolent. I’m really against all the violent acts that happened in Dallas. I don’t think it needs to be perpetuated like that anymore,” said the woman.
The woman who took the sign said she is also sorry to the staff at Norma’s Café and will not be taking down any signs in the future.
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