Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police slammed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the lineup for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The FOP released a statement Wednesday saying they didn’t see any widows or family members of slain police officers on the initial itinerary for planned speakers at the DNC.
“The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted, and will not soon forget, that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and 'being on duty in blue,'" a spokesperson for the FOP wrote. “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. Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.”
Roosevelt Poplar, Vice President of Lodge 5 FOP, spoke to NBC10 about the statement and the scheduled DNC speakers.
“From what we hear the [speakers are family members] of young men that were killed by law enforcement,” Poplar said. “The officers are upset.”
Officials with the Democratic National Convention Committee told NBC10 former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey as well as Joe Sweeney, a detective with the NYPD who dug through the rubble of the World Trade Center to search for survivors on September 11, 2001, are all scheduled to speak at the convention. The list of scheduled speakers also include the daughter of the principal who was slain while protecting students during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as well as two of the three survivors of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
A spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton also released a statement to NBC10.
"As Hillary Clinton has said, we need to support heroic police officers who put their lives on the line every day as well as listen to the voices of mothers who have lost their children,” the spokeswoman wrote. “We look forward to highlighting the courageous efforts of law enforcement with speakers at our convention, including from Pennsylvania, and praising their work to keep our communities safe.”
NBC10 told Poplar about Ramsey and Sweeney being among the scheduled speakers.
“We don’t know at this point until we see exactly what happens because the agendas change on a daily basis,” Poplar replied.
Another scheduled speaker is Anton Moore, president of Unity in the Community, an anti-gun violence group in Philly. Moore told NBC10 he hopes the DNC will help fix the disconnect he believes exists between Philadelphia Police and the community.
“Seeing that letter, it doesn’t surprise me,” Moore said. “I think that if we’re going to solve the problem of community policing in Philadelphia, we all need to check our egos at the door and come to the table and be sincere about reform.”