Law Enforcement Union Asks Political Leaders for More Protection
The president of Texas' largest law enforcement union says political leaders should be doing more to protect officers and their families.
Austin Police Sgt. Todd Harrison heads up the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT.
In a statement released Wednesday, Harrison said
"There is an open war against the police on the streets of America. President Obama and all the politicians in Texas and the U.S. have something in common: they've done absolutely nothing.'"
Harrison wants President Obama to cut short his Alaskan trip, return to Washington and push for emergency legislation that would help protect officers and their families.
"The President needs to do more than answer letters and phone up our widows in order to gain media attention.
"There is an open war against the police on the streets of America.
"President Obama and all the politicians in Texas and the U.S. have something in common, they've done absolutely nothing.
"First, our leaders should publicly denounce organizations and individuals who openly call for the assault and murder of law enforcement personnel.
"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.
"Law enforcement officer's families are vulnerable too.
"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.
"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.
"We know the difference between political rhetoric and action.
"Showing political respect for law enforcement officers – it's not just for cop funerals."