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Tell the Fraternal Order of Police: Disavow Trump

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The petition to Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police reads:

“Rescind your endorsement of Donald Trump.”

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    Tell the Fraternal Order of Police: Disavow Trump

    Racism and xenophobia. Misogyny and sexism. A frightening contempt for the basic principles of our democracy. Those are the values that the Fraternal Order of Police is championing with its endorsement of Donald Trump.

    The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement union in the country, representing 330,000 members. It claims to be the “voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities,” but its endorsement of Trump and his dangerous, racist and misogynistic candidacy is a direct threat to the safety of communities across the country – especially women, immigrants, Muslims and people of color.

    At a time when national outrage over police violence against communities of color is driving a nationwide movement for systemic reform of policing and police accountability, it’s appalling that the FOP is aligning itself with Trump’s hate. The endorsement is even more shocking now that Trump has been caught on tape boasting about serial sexual assault and at least 10 women have come forward to accuse Trump of criminal behavior with personal stories of being assaulted by him.1

    It’s time for the FOP to rescind its support for Trump.

    How can the FOP justify aligning itself with someone who made it clear in the final debate that he has no regard for the constitutional foundation of our electoral democracy?

    How can the FOP justify aligning itself with Trump’s anti-immigrant racism, his call for a ban on Muslims, his support of stop-and-frisk, his encouragement of his supporters to shoot Hillary Clinton, and now his boasting about kissing women and grabbing their genitals without their consent?

    Everyone deserves to be able to trust the police in their community, but for far too many people, that’s already not the case. It’s horrible to imagine how much more damage the FOP’s endorsement of Trump will do.

    If you are an undocumented worker whose wages have been stolen, a Muslim-American who has been the target of a hate crime, an African-American driver in need of roadside assistance, a domestic violence survivor whose abuser has a gun, or a woman who’s been sexually assaulted, how could you possibly feel safe reaching out to a police department whose national union has endorsed Trump?

    FOP head Chuck Canterbury called Trump’s remarks “crass and inappropriate” in a recent interview but said that the FOP would not get involved “until someone comes forward to press criminal charges.” Canterbury’s comments are callous and insulting. The statute of limitations has expired for many of the women who are now sharing their stories and the fact that systemic sexism prevents the vast majority of sexual assaults from actually resulting in criminal charges being filed is well-documented.3

    While the FOP often seems to operate with impunity, there are signs that now is the time to pressure the FOP about its alliance with Trump. Five states and the District of Columbia chose not to endorse Trump as part of the national FOP’s endorsement process.4 Reports are already indicating that the Trump endorsement is causing dissent in the ranks, especially for African-American law enforcement officers.5,6 It’s likely that women and their allies within the FOP’s base are also pushing back.

    Now is the time to call out the FOP and demand it rescind its endorsement of Trump’s racism, hate and misogyny. Please join us today.

    Thanks for everything you do.


    1. Hannah Levintova, "The Stunningly Long List of Women Who've Accused Trump of Sexual Assault," Mother Jones, Oct. 14, 2016.
    2. Catherine Rentz, "Maryland police stood apart from others in "no endorsement" of Trump," Oct. 15, 2016.
    3. The Criminal Justice System: Statistics, RAINN, Oct. 19, 2016.
    4. Catherine Rentz, "Maryland police stood apart from others in "no endorsement" of Trump," Oct. 15, 2016.
    5. Corky Siemaszko, "Black Cops at Odds With Fraternal Order of Police Over Trump Endorsement," NBC, Sept. 22, 2016.
    6. Lisa Marie Pane, "Police group’s endorsement of Trump stirs debate among ranks," Associated Press, Oct. 14, 2016.