The New England Police Benevolent Association denounced President Obama for his refusal to condemn Black Lives Matter-influenced cop murders and ignoring their devastated families and communities.
They boycotted Obama’s Labor Day breakfast address in Boston. “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,” Jerry Flynn, the association’s executive director, told the Boston Herald:
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 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?
Flynn said that Obama had an opportunity to speak some common sense after Ferguson, Missouri residents rioted and burned down their neighborhoods following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black man who tried to wrestle Officer Darren Wilson’s gun from him after robbing a store. Obama has emboldened the criminal elements of society, Flynn said:
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.
Groups such as Black Lives Matter, which pays homage to cop killer Assata Shakur before each of their public agitations, mock and taunt police after officers are murdered, as do other leftists. After Ismaaiyl Brinsley slaughtered NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, posting on Instagram that he was going to “put pigs in a blanket,” Ferguson protester Bassem Marsi filmed himself chanting that same phrase.
If the chief executive of the United States made a statement on behalf of police, Flynn said, it would signal to the roiling criminal class he doesn’t approve of their no-warning ambush killings:
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.
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