N.Y. Police Benevolent Association President: ‘We are being portrayed as the enemy’
UPDATED 6:26 PM PT — Thursday, June 11, 2020
According to the head of the Police Benevolent Association of the city of New York, the mainstream media is twisting the narrative to make police look as bad as possible.
Association President Mike O’Meara unleashed a blistering statement to the press Tuesday, where he accused largely left-leaning outlets of turning law enforcement into the “boogeyman.”
NY Police Union Boss Mike O’Meara:
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect! — We’ve been vilified. It’s disgusting.”
“Our legislators abandoned us. The press is vilifying us. It's disgusting."
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O’Meara said its not fair for 99 percent of officers “who act honorably every day” to be punished for the misdeeds of the one-percent who act outside the line of duty.
The association president also ripped Democrat lawmakers who have, in his opinion, turned on law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the interest of keeping liberal constituents happy. This includes lawmakers like congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez.
“I’m asking you to ask yourself :what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that over-funded police departments are defunded?” she asked.
Democrats have rallied behind the movement to defund police departments across the nation. Earlier this week House lawmakers unveiled a bill meant to help reduce police brutality, which includes clauses to limit the use of deadly force and give the Justice Department power to subpoena local police departments.
Republicans are reportedly pushing their own version of the bill, which focuses more on anti-lynching legislation and proposals to review the legality of no-knock warrants.