The release of the speaker line-up for this week’s Democratic National Convention has police in Philadelphia, the convention’s host city, fuming to the point of writing a letter to the Committee.
Their beef is the DNC’s decision to promote the Black Lives Matter movement by inviting the mothers of two black men — Michael Brown and Eric Garner — who were alleged victims of police misconduct, according to NBC Philadelphia 10 News.
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The problem isn’t merely inviting the women, members of the dubbed “Mothers of the Movement” to speak. It’s that law enforcement won’t be given a chance for a rebuttal.
Grand juries found law enforcement blameless in both the Brown and Garner incidents, and an exhaustive Justice Department probe backed up the Brown decision.
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby blasted both the Democratic National Committee and its presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in his letter, which said:
President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 FOP are shocked and saddened by the planned choice of speakers at the DNC in Philadelphia.
The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted, and will not soon forget, that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and ‘being on duty in blue.’
It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country. Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.
The station asked Roosevelt Poplar, FOP vice president for his thoughts on the speaker lineup and McNesby’s letter.
“From what we hear the [speakers are family members] of young men that were killed by law enforcement,” Poplar said. “The officers are upset.”
Party officials countered that law enforcement officers are scheduled to speak — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and an NYPD detective who looked for survivors in the rubble of the 9/11 attack. A Clinton spokesman told the station.
“As Hillary Clinton has said, we need to support heroic police officers who put their lives on the line every day as well as listen to the voices of mothers who have lost their children,” the spokeswoman wrote.
“We look forward to highlighting the courageous efforts of law enforcement with speakers at our convention, including from Pennsylvania, and praising their work to keep our communities safe.”
Poplar is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the speaker lineup.
“We don’t know at this point until we see exactly what happens because the agendas change on a daily basis,” he told NBC News 10.