National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury makes remarks concerning the multiple recent murders of our nation’s law enforcement officers. President Canterbury urges everyone to contact their US Senators and US Representatives and ask that they work diligently to enact legislation that will protect our nation’s law enforcement officers.
Police Officer Thomas Cottrell: Danville Police Dept, Ohio
Police Officer Douglas Barney: Unified Police Dept. St Lake City Utah
Sergeant Jason Gooding: Seaside Police Dept, Oregon
Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon: Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey : Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
Deputy Derek Geer: Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
Officer Jason Moszer: Fargo Police Dept, North Dakota
Major Greg Lem Barney: Riverdale Police Dept GA
All eight officers have been shot and killed in the past 24 days. Five of these brave men were shot and killed in the line of duty in just the last two days.
Eight officers gunned down doing their jobs for the people of the United States. Eight officers who only wanted to do their jobs and go home to their families. Eight brave Americans gunned down merely because they wear a uniform.
It is time for the Congress to get serious about this senseless violence in this country and pass meaningful legislation that not only protects the rights of every citizen but also recognizes that law enforcement officers are citizens and deserve the protection that they are counted on to preserve.
I again call on Congress to pass Hate Crime Legislation that will enhance the penalty for crimes against a specific class of citizens: those who wear a uniform and badge and who had vowed to protect these rights for others.
I am calling on all law enforcement officers and citizens to write their Congressmen and demand that our law enforcement community be given the same rights as other protected classes of persons who are victims of crimes based on the offender’s bias.
Enough is Enough America.
National FOP President