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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 SEPTEMBER 2018
Many of our Brothers and Sisters have already been seriously affected by Hurrican Florence. Anyone or any lodge wishing to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund for our members should send your tax-deductible contributions, of any amount to:
NCFOP Foundation, Inc.
1500 Walnut Dr.
Cary, NC 27511
Please mark your donation as “Disaster Relief” so it can be accurately credited to the relief fund. We are currently in the process of placing a “Donate” button on the NCFOP website under the Foundation page. .Until it is completed please mail your contribution to the address above.
Your assistance is greatly needed and any amount will be appreciated.
Thank you for all you do!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JIM PASCO
4 SEPTEMBER 2018 202-547-8189
BELIEVE IN SOMETHING EVEN IF IT MEANS SACRIFICING EVERYTHING
FOP RESPONDS TO NIKE’S NEW AD CAMPAIGN
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, released the following statement:
“Colin Kaepernick and all Americans have the constitutional right to freely express their views, even if they are uninformed and inflammatory. Indeed, law enforcement officers have an obligation to defend these rights and we do so every day, even in those cases when the views expressed are hostile, hateful or offensive to the men and women of law enforcement.
“The Fraternal Order of Police has been called upon to boycott Nike for capitalizing on this former professional football player because he attracts controversy. In our experience, boycotts and similar exercises do not succeed and often serve only to enrich the company—which is not what we want to do. Our members and, for that matter, any American citizen, understands when the law enforcement profession is being insulted—we have no doubt they will make their purchases with that insult in mind..
“If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as ‘pigs’ and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so.
“Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything.
“Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate ‘sacrifice’ and ‘sneakers.’ Instead, we will once again associate ‘sacrifice’ with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm’s way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves.”
FOP Welcomes Action on Sanctuary Cities: Communities Safer When Law Enforcement at all Levels Cooperate to Combat Crime
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed news that President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order addressing the issue of “sanctuary cities” which refuse to cooperate with Federal law enforcement agencies to enforce Federal laws.
“The FOP has been very vocal on this issue and we’ve been adamant that local and State law enforcement agencies should always seek to cooperate with the Federal colleagues and vice versa,” Canterbury said. “Previous solutions called for an unequivocal end to all Federal grants for recalcitrant jurisdictions and there was a real concern about this approach on the part of the FOP. Instead, today’s order makes the suspension of Federal grants discretionary and we support this balanced approach.”
The FOP opposed several bills in the previous Congress which would have blocked State and local law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities because in most cases these “sanctuary” jurisdictions were established by policymakers at the local level. The FOP argued that it was unfair to penalize the law enforcement agencies serving these jurisdictions for the political decisions of elected officials which prohibited or impeded cooperation with Federal agencies. The Executive Order allows the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make an informed decision about the public safety impact without an automatic suspension from Federal grant programs.
“I think the bottom line here is the Administration agreed with us. We cannot automatically punish those whose sworn duty is to carry out policy, which may compromise the safety of the public,” Canterbury said. “However, we do need to encourage cooperation between all levels of law enforcement to ensure that arbitrary policies do not put a dangerous person back on the streets.”
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members in every region of the country.