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Brother and Sister PBA members:

As you are no doubt aware, a number of NFL players continue to protest the National Anthem as a statement about “police brutality” in the United States.  Sadly, their actions malign not only the entire law enforcement community but it insults the veterans of our Armed Forces who bravely and selflessly protect our nation.  The NFL has encouraged the myth of systemic police brutality by failing to act against this inappropriate behavior.

Days ago the Broward County PBA called for a boycott of the Miami Dolphins after several of their players knelt during the National Anthem at their opening preseason game.  Broward County PBA called upon PBA members in Florida to join their protest.  It is our intention that the NJ State PBA should respect the wishes of our fellow PBA members in Florida.

Therefore, the NJ State PBA is cancelling our trip to see the Dolphins-Raiders game on September 23rd during the 2018 Annual Convention in Boca Raton.  Any State PBA member who purchased a ticket for the game as a part of our outing will be reimbursed for their purchase.

We simply must take a stand for our profession and for the truth.  We shall not reward millionaire pro athletes who choose to disrespect us and our nation by spending our hard earned pay on tickets and food that go to line their pockets.  Police work is dangerous and our members rarely acknowledged for a lifetime of sacrifices.  Until the NFL respects our sacrifices, we will not encourage our members to make them all wealthier playing a game.


Fraternally,

Pat Colligan
State President

Statement of NJSPBA President Pat Colligan
 
“As the State President of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, I am calling on our membership to join with our friend and colleague, New York PBA President Pat Lynch and our brother and sister law enforcement officers in boycotting Quentin Tarantino movies.
 
“It is hard not to see the anti-police rhetoric that has been stirred up in the nation over the past year.  We don’t know if this irresponsible speech led directly to the recent murder of officers around the nation, but Mr. Tarantino should be mindful of the potential dangers that can result from the dangerous rhetoric once it is ingrained in the mind of a person who is willing to harm an officer.
 
“Quentin Tarantino needs to understand that as a public figure his voice is one that people listen to.  He has an obligation to be more responsible.  This is not a movie, this is real life where police officers lives are impacted by his words.”

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Dear NAPO members,

As you have no doubt heard, CNN has extended its ongoing streak of anti-police rhetoric and misinformation by calling the violent attacker at the Dallas Police Department “courageous and brave.”  This is from the same network that promulgated the whole “hands up, don’t shoot” myth after the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.  Below please find the text of a letter from NAPO Executive Board member and PANO president Mike Glasser instituting a call for a boycott of CNN and its advertisers.

 This weekend’s attack in Dallas demonstrates the very real need for armor and high-calibre weapons for police to defend themselves and the public they protect.  If all of our member groups can help get this word out and ask their officers, family members and friends to write even one letter or email to a CNN advertiser, it will make a difference! 

To whom it may concern,

Being a citizen with an avid interest in news, current events, and social trends, like many folks I rely on mainstream media for accurate and contemporary reporting. It is no secret that some media sources will interview pundits and collaborators with views more aligned with the station’s own views thus casting the light of events in the desired shade. This is generally recognized and an accepted practice. Experience will teach the viewer what to expect and one can generally compensate by watching a variety of news sources to acquire a balanced perspective.

As the president of the police labor organization representing New Orleans police officers, I am frequently interviewed locally and occasionally nationally. I have often seen my own interviews edited and presented entirely differently depending upon the station doing the reporting. I mention this to give perspective to my comments which follow. I have had a lot of experience with how various news outlets distort news and commentary depending on their agendas.

I saw the piece with CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield regarding the attack on the Dallas (TX) Police headquarters early Saturday morning. I was appalled when I heard Whitfield describe the attacker, armed with automatic weapons and incendiary devices and using an armored vehicle as, “courageous” and “brave.”

On July 12, 2012, when CNN reported on the mass shooting at the Century movie theatre in Aurora, CO, the shooter was never described as courageous and brave. Nor was the shooter at Ft. Hood, TX in July, 2009, nor the next gunman at Ft. Hood in 2014.

It appears that when the attack is on a police station, CNN decides to glorify the attacker. Now perhaps it is only Ms. Whitfield’s opinion and not that of CNN. The people at CNN should understand that Ms. Whitfield’s remarks have incensed and insulted the entire law enforcement community along with each and every officer, deputy, and agent who has sworn to protect the public and risks their lives daily.

I’m certain that if CNN’s studios were attacked in a similar way and a police spokesperson described that attacker as brave, that sound bite would be replayed for days on end with a demand for the termination of that spokesperson and an apology from that Department.

At a time when politics is rendering American law enforcement impotent and it seems like we are being vilified by everyone with access to a microphone or a WiFi connection, CNN chooses to offer a cheap and offensive remark on international television. Unless there is a significant public apology by CNN and Ms. Whitfield to the Dallas Police Department and the entire law enforcement community, I will encourage my counterparts nationwide to endorse a boycott of CNN and all its supporting advertisers by all police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state and federal agents, all unsworn law enforcement personnel and their families, friends, and supporters.

– Michael Glasser, President
Police Association of New Orleans (PANO)