On Tuesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police decided to “clear up confusion” about its position on the January 6 assault on the Capitol by enraged Donald Trump supporters. “Those who participated in the assaults, looting, and trespassing must be arrested and held to account,” it said in a statement. “We continue to offer our support, gratitude, and love to our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who successfully fought off the rioters, and we will be with them as they grieve and recover, however long that may take.
The FOP does not often have to clarify its position on matters of public concern; the organization is usually rather strident in expressing its views. For example, in 2016, the FOP demanded that Walmart cease selling Black Lives Matter T-shirts. It denounced Nike for its ad campaign involving Colin Kaepernick, who was purged from the NFL for protesting police misconduct. If you go to the FOP’s Twitter feed, you can find a steady stream of clips from conservative outlets such as Newsmax and Fox News showing FOP representatives attacking policies like bail reform, slamming Democratic elected officials, and blaming Black-rights activists for the recent rise in homicides. These posts are interspersed with tributes to homicide victims, attacking “rogue prosecutors,” “activist judges,” and “progressive policies” for their deaths.
Took long enough to at least obliquely refute the canards of “Capitol Police letting everyone in” with or without “hugs and kisses”….of my favorite idiocy that was doubled down upon by the speaker, “was just like any normal tourist group”.
The ~140 LEO injuries reported that day [not to mention the trampling of Roseanne Boyland, who apparently didn’t fit the requisite narrative to be ‘Horst Wessel-ized’ like Babbitt did], gives lie to all that, without the F.O.P.’s tardy statement.
“Back the Blue” has been shown to be yet another bullshit narrative, except when it involved killing unarmed black men. The common remark I’ve see regarding George Floyd, was that “he should have not placed himself in that situation, and should have responded to Officers commands’. Ghost of Ashli Babbitt……are you listening?