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A New York firefighter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegedly torching his own house and then spray-painting an anti-police message on the side in an attempt to blame the fire on Black Lives Matter activists.

When Jason Stokes' home in Endicott, New York burned down in August, a family member said that they believed he was being targeted for flying a "Blue Lives Matter" flag, local station WBNG reported. The message "lie with pigs, smell like bacon" was found written on the house.

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Responding firefighters found multiple gas cans arranged throughout the house to create an "obstacle course," Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said in a news conference. Stokes allegedly set the fire while his wife and two teenage daughters slept inside the house. They were not hurt in the blaze.

After a lengthy investigation, Stokes was charged with felony arson. Cornwell said he believes the firefighter wrote the anti-cop message to cover up the crime.

"That statement to me is absolutely despicable," Cornwell told the station. "It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do."

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The line Stokes allegedly wrote on his home was apparently a reference to an August 2015 incident where some protesters chanted, "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon" at the Minnesota State Fair, which prompted a massive freakout in the conservative media.

If Stokes did write the ham-fisted attempt to recreate an anti-police brutality protest chant, he'd be joining a long, storied line of dumb white people who played themselves in an effort to foist blame on people of color.