Chiefs of police are denouncing Trump for encouraging police brutality. But police unions are defending him!
Police Unions Exposed just started a petition titled: “Tell police unions: stop defending Trump for encouraging police brutality.”
Here’s why this is important:
On Friday, Trump gave a speech to police officers encouraging them to brutalize suspects – and the crowd of officers laughed and cheered. No one booed.
It’s outrageous and dangerous. Police departments and law enforcement officials across the country responded by condemning Trump’s comments. But the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) — the largest police union in the country actually defended what Trump said. So did the leader of Cleveland’s police union.
Dozens of police unions across the country have remained completely silent, while their police chiefs speak out clearly and forcefully. Police unions are winking and nodding at their members, giving police officers who are supposed to serve and protect a license to be even more violent than they already are.
Police unions have a long history of defending cops who brutalize, kill, and abuse their power. They fight against common sense reforms and any kind of accountability for police. Now, on top of that, they’re sending a dangerous message to the police officers that make up their membership. It threatens the communities that police are sworn to serve and protect, and it puts officers themselves in more danger by further eroding trust in police. Only two police unions have said anything that even comes close to disagreeing with Trump’s comments — and their statements were weak and made excuses for Trump.
After being called out by law enforcement officials, the White House has tried to say it was just a joke, and the Fraternal Order of Police echoed that excuse. It’s ridiculous and it flies in the face of everything we know about Trump. He has a long history of inciting violence at his rallies, and praising the leaders of brutal police states. Meanwhile, his Justice Department is doing everything it can to undo any reforms aimed at addressing police violence and improving accountability.
By calling an incitement of police brutality a “joke,” Trump and the police unions are really trying to normalize the culture of violence, abuse, and lawlessness that is rampant among police.
By calling them out, we can expose how police unions are cheerleaders and enablers of police brutality, and one of the biggest enemies of police accountability and reform. Join us in calling out the FOP and police unions across the country.
It’s the first step to reducing their political power, their ability to stop the common sense policing reforms we desperately need, and their practice of shielding officers who brutalize, kill, and break the law.
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