The White House is reportedly very upset after the Boston Police Union chose to boycott President Obama’s Labor Day address in their city.
The association’s executive director, Jerry Flynn, explained the officers’ reasons why to the Boston Herald.
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.
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?
The president, in fact, was still inferring that Ferguson was an example of racism by Officer Darren Wilson in March, despite his own Justice Department issuing a report that same week disproving the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative. Flynn argued that the president’s actions, or lack thereof, have actually inflamed false anger towards police officers as manifested by movements like Black Lives Matter:
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.
Flynn advised Obama if he wished to improve relations with the police to issue a statement of support for the work they do. He said:
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.
The White House reportedly was not happy about the president getting shunned by Boston police.
White House liason “furious” over Boston police “diss” of President for Labor Day speech. Calls on Mayor to denounce http://t.co/cfxFoqJgHB
— Liberal News (@LiberalsKickAss) September 8, 2015
Obama got off on the wrong foot with Boston area law enforcement shortly after taking office in 2009, when he quickly took sides with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Jr. after he was arrested for disorderly conduct by Cambridge Police. Obama said at the time that the police “acted stupidly” and the incident “showed how race remained a factor in our society.” The African American professor, at first, refused to show any identification and then got into an altercation with Officer James Crowley, who was responding to a 9-1-1 call for a potential home break-in. The so-called “Beer Summit” between President Obama, Gates and Crowley followed. h/t: TopRightNews
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Posted by Western Journalism Video on Tuesday, September 8, 2015