President Obama travelled to Boston, Massachusetts for a Labor Day breakfast where he may have expected the support of local police officers union members. However, after a national summer of violence against the police and a complete and utter lack of support from the Obama administration, the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) decided to boycott the President’s Labor Day address!
Jerry Flynn is currently serving as the executive director of the NEPBA, and he was clearly saddened (and more than a bit angry) to be forced to make such a drastic move.
“Our members are enraged at his lack of support of law enforcement. It’s clear that he has an agenda, and unfortunately the police are not part of his agenda.
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Let’s face it, (there have been) eight people killed in a nine-day period, eight police officers, and his silence up until recently has been deafening. And the real sad part of this — and when I went to the White House in the first term with (Vice President) Joe Biden — he said to me that he would be the voice of law enforcement. Well, as much as I love and adore Joe, his voice has been silent as well. So it’s not an Obama problem, it’s an administration problem.
This is a horror show, this is an epidemic of lawless people trying to kill police officers for no apparent reasons. Case in point is the lieutenant who was pumping gas in Houston. Over 7,000 people were at that church, and where was he (Obama)? Why wasn’t he there instead of a unity breakfast?”
Discussing the violence in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, Flynn added that the President could have made a difference and chose instead to do nothing.
“I mean, he had the opportunity to do things then and he didn’t, and all he’s done is escalated and allowed these people that are hellbent on causing problems to do so. We can’t continue to have people who have no intention to do anything but to be disruptive. These aren’t good citizens. These are thugs who go out and try to cause problems.
You can’t continue to have this kind of hatred and animosity and the lawlessness that’s going on in this country at the cost of police officers losing their lives. It’s irresponsible of the president and his administration.”
If President Obama truly cared about our nation’s police officers he would speak out against those committing violence on the innocent men and women in blue, as well as those who continue to loot, pillage and terrorize in the name of “justice.” How the destructive lawlessness of rioting can ever be considered a just response makes no sense, but the fact that the President won’t speak against such lawlessness is even more confounding.
Officer Flynn echoed this sentiment by telling the President that just a few words from him on the matter could make a world of difference; it could even save lives.
“I think it would send a message to people in law enforcement that we have a commander in chief who actually is backing the people who are in the war on the street. And this is a war on the street. He’s got to come out and ask to be a unified group and to support law enforcement.
He’s got a new attorney general, what’s her agenda? What is her message going to be, that she’s actually putting forth? I don’t know the answer to that question. But certainly, what he’s doing now, what he hasn’t done now, has been supportive of those in law enforcement.”
The Obama administration has been complicit in the horrible deaths of these assassinated police officers. They’ve been complicit because they’ve made the willful decision to stand against our law enforcement officers and with the groups who are spouting racist rhetoric and preaching violent response. It’s about time Union leaders took notice.
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