STAND WITH COPS COALITION CALLS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PUSH BACK AGAINST ANTI-POLICE RHETORIC AND ACTION
COLUMBUS – President Obama is scheduled to give his State of the Union Address this evening and Ohio-based Stand with Cops is calling on the President to use his bully pulpit to denounce those targeting police with violence as well as those who fan the flames of contempt for the dangerous work done by police.
Ohio Fraternal Order of Police President Jay McDonald said that the President has a unique opportunity.
“The people of this country are looking to President Obama for leadership and guidance,” McDonald said. “He can choose the route chosen by Mayor De Blasio in New York or he can recognize the growing violence against police and call for calm.”
McDonald, who’s a veteran police officer and police supervisor, says he’s never seen such a dangerous level of sentiment against police. He noted that the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed by gunfire is up 57% over 2013 statistics.
McDonald also pointed out an anti-police class being offered at Vanderbilt University this semester. The class, “Police Violence and Mass Incarceration” promises to provide “…collective action of… activists.”
“We can and should have a national discussion about violence in our country, but when you build the discussion with a grudge and an unproductive goal in mind – vilifying law enforcement – you’re ignoring the 58,000 officers assaulted each year,” McDonald said. “I hope that grassroots activists, policymakers, college professors, and President Obama recognize the important work that we do and stop with dangerous rhetoric against police.”
Stand with Cops is an organization dedicated to building relationships with communities in the face of a vocal minority stoking discontent. For more information visit StandWithCops.org, Facebook.com/StandWithCops or Twitter.com/StandWithCops.