Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hillary Allows Mothers of Young Men Who Were Killed by Police to Speak-But Families of Slain Policeman

Cops angry Clinton is ignoring families of slain police, 'sad, ashamed'
PHILADELPHIA — Law enforcement is angered that Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday are featuring the relatives of victims of police shootings and none of the family members of the 32 officers slain this year.

Highlands County, Fla., Sheriff Susan Benton, said while she doesn't minimizing the loss of the families who are speaking at the convention Tuesday, "I feel strongly that somebody should speaking" for law enforcement.
Benton, who is the National Sheriffs' Association presidential transition liaison to the Clinton Campaign, added, "They are missing the boat not hearing from relatives of police killed."
The convention is hearing from the so-called "Mothers of the Movement," including: Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland
The local police union said it was insulted that the convention wasn't featuring any family of cops killed in the line of duty.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 said in a statement: "It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country," the statement read. "Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible," it added.
Convention speakers have offered support for police, Benton said that law enforcement was pleased with that.
But, the sheriff said, "We also need to send a message of support to law enforcement."
In discussions with the Clinton campaign, she said some advances have been made on their issues, including access to surplus military equipment and programs to address mental illness, domestic security, and drugs. "It's hopeful," said the sheriff.