An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Refuse donations from Police Unions

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I am writing to you as a concerned constituent who stands against police brutality and white supremacy. I am urging you to stand on the right side of history: refuse to take any political donations from police unions or sheriff associations and donate any contributions you have taken in the last year to community-strengthening initiatives. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, Bob Kroll, penned a letter to his fellow officers calling George Floyd a “violent criminal,” and called the people protesting his unjust killing “terrorists.” While many would find Kroll’s comments to be deplorable and inflammatory, he isn’t the only police union head to spew such rhetoric following the murder of an innocent Black person. When Philando Castile was murdered by police in Minneapolis, the union president jumped to the officer’s defense with attempts to discredit accusations of racism. When 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead in Cleveland, cops appealed the removal of the officer responsible. And even now, in this moment of national revolt against police brutality, we’re seeing these groups double down on their racist excuses for unforgivable violence. The Minneapolis police union has continued to throw its support behind violent, troublesome officers in defending George Floyd’s murderer. Police unions create one of the biggest barriers to our progress towards officer accountability and policy change. These institutions keep the tradition of police brutality alive and pledge blind loyalty to police officers. For decades, police union leaders have used their power and influence over the law enforcement community to preserve a rigged system rather than embrace fair, safe, common-sense solutions. We call on elected leaders across the nation to return and refuse political donations from police unions and the Fraternal Order of Police that have excused, defended, and encouraged police violence for decades.

First sent on June 17, 2020 by Andrew

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