CLEAT calls on Obama to stand up for law enforcement

Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison

CLEAT is calling on President Obama to cut short his Alaskan trip, return to Washington and seek emergency legislation to help protect the lives of law enforcement officers and their families.

"The President needs to do more than answer letters and phone up our widows in order to gain media attention," said CLEAT President Todd Harrison.

"There is an open war against the police on the streets of America," he said. "President Obama and all the politicians in Texas and the U.S. have something in common, they've done absolutely nothing.”

Citing the ongoing violence aimed at law enforcement officers across the country, Harrison said CLEAT is calling on elected leaders to step up to protect the lives of law enforcement officers.

"First, our leaders should publicly denounce organizations and individuals who openly call for the assault and murder of law enforcement personnel," said Harrison. "That should have been done during the avalanche of anti-police hate speech following the events in Ferguson, Missouri. But it didn't happen.

"Nobody should be able to get on social media and call for the death of law enforcement officers. Free speech does not extend to individuals who openly plan and encourage the murder of cops. Threats like these should be actionable under the law," Harrison said.

"Law enforcement officer's families are vulnerable too," said Harrison. "We need to seek legislation to make it a capital offense to murder an immediate family member of a law enforcement officer if that crime is connected to the occupation in any way.

"Just a few minutes ago, elected officials in Texas were calling on folks to thank cops like me and send over a dessert when they see us in public and in uniform.

"I'll buy my own food, thank you very much," Harrison said. "I'd rather the politicians quit coddling the anti-police crowd and stand up for the police during the Texas legislative session when both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to stop us from being able to ask whether or not those openly carrying guns were licensed."

"Those amendments by Democratic Representative Harold Dutton and Republican Senator Don Huffines passed both chambers. CLEAT led a lonely fight over the Memorial Day weekend to strip that language back out of the law.

"It's going to take more than a piece of pie and a thank you from the politicians to fix what's wrong in this country.

"The elected leaders should be talking about protecting lives, not just publicly saying thank you," he said. "We know the difference between political rhetoric and action.

"Showing political respect for law enforcement officers – it's not just for cop funerals," said Harrison.

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