The alleged BLM graffiti on Maria Daly's home. Photo via WBZ Boston News' Twitter.

Cop's Wife Stages Robbery, Blames BLM

The wife of a police officer faked a robbery and vandalism at her home and blamed the fabricated crime on Black Lives Matter. She also took to social media to question the “hatred for no reason,” escalating the incident from a simple money scam to a racially motivated incident.


On October 17, Maria Daly, who has since confessed to staging the whole incident, reported that about $10,000 worth of jewelry and other items were stolen from her Massachusetts home. Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorey has since reported to the Boston Globe that Daly was motived by “financial difficulties.” However, Daly took it one step further when she tagged her house with graffiti that said “BLM.”

To make matters worse, Daly took to social media to express her supposed upset by the incident and sparked a conversation on Black Lives Matter.

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“We woke up to not only our house being robbed while we were sleeping but to see this hatred for no reason,” she wrote on Facebook.

“If you would have asked me yesterday about this blue lives and black lives matter issue my response would have been very positive,” she went on. “Today on the other hand I have so much anger and hate that I don’t like myself.”

Desorey said that he had been suspicious of the alleged crime from the very beginning because her husband, Officer Daniel Daly, and his K-9 were both asleep in the house at the time.

“I felt that there was more to the story than basically met to the naked eye,” Desorey said, adding that “something wasn’t quite right.” Investigators eventually concluded the entire incident was an act.

“Basically we came to the conclusion that it was all fabricated,” Desorey said. “There was no intruder, there was no burglary.”

Daly has been charged with filing a false police report and misleading a police investigation. Desorey said the department does not believe Daniel Daly had any connection to his wife’s crime.

“I stress, Officer Daly has been exonerated at this time,” he said. “I’ve seen no evidence indicating he had any knowledge of what was happening.”

Daly is not the first person to commit a crime and peg the blame on BLM. Last year, a Texas family reported their truck was vandalized with “Black Lives Matter” spray painted on it. Like Daly, they escalated the situation and insisted it was because their truck displayed “Police Lives Matter” in the window. The family reported further damage to the seats and the glove box. But police were suspicious from the start, and three family members were eventually arrested for filing a false report. They continued to deny the allegations.

Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley, however, reported to The Washington Post at the time of the incident that the family faked the crime as “a way for them to make insurance money.”

The Misconception of Black Lives Matter

Incidents such as these continue to perpetuate false stereotypes about the Black Lives Matter movement, which continues to be widely misunderstood and the media plays a large role in this.

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A poll taken over the summer found that 45 percent of registered voters said they approve of the Black Lives Matter movement, compared to 42 percent who disapprove, 13 percent who were not sure and 2 percent who gave no answer.

But according to the poll, conducted by NBC News and SurveyMonkey, there is a great disparity among political parties. Only 15 percent of Republicans approve of BLM, while 70 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, 73 percent of Democrats approve, while just 15 percent disapprove.

The poll results are representative of media portrayal. Also over the summer, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said in a segment with Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, “White Americans despise [Black Lives Matter].”

According to O’Reilly, “I think if you really want, if African Americans really want to bring the country together, and have good racial relations, they have to distance themselves from Black Lives Matter. Am I wrong”

Shelton painted a very different picture, calling BLM marches “extremely well integrated.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) expressed similar sentiments around this time, calling BLM “inherently racist.”

“When you say Black lives matter, that’s inherently racist,” he said. “Black lives matter. White lives matter. Asian lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”

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However, the real definition behind “Black Lives Matter” has been lost on people like O’Reilly and Giuliani and, as the poll shows, people who support and get their news from them. The movement does not strive to elevate one life over another. Rather, the title comes with an implied “too” at the end, meaning that Black lives matter in addition to all other lives.

As stated by President Barack Obama: “So, you know, when people say Black lives matter, that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter. It just means that all lives matter but right now, the big concern is the fact that the data shows Black folks are more vulnerable to [violent] incidents.”

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