With the Republican National Convention just wrapping up and the Democratic National Convention set to begin in a few days, the 2016 general election is in full swing.
In addition to the big-name Democrats who will be taking the stage in Philadelphia, several African-American women — dubbed “Mothers of the Movement” — will speak. Included among them are Lezley McSpadden and Gwen Carr, the mothers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The problem, according to John McNesby (President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police), is that the DNC is allowing a platform to the victims of police violence without giving the same voice to the families of recently fallen police officers.
He sent a blistering letter to the DNC, naming Hillary Clinton as equally guilty:
The letter reads:
“President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 FOP are shocked and saddened by the planned choice of speakers at the DNC in Philadelphia.
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.’
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.”
After receiving the letter, a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign said that an updated speaker list would be including Charles Ramsey, a former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and Joe Sweeney, a former NYPD officer who served on 9/11.
The spokesperson explained:
“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.
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.”
But Roosevelt Poplar, Vice President of Lodge 5 FOP, told NBC Philadelphia that he’s waiting to see what actually happens once the convention starts: “We don’t know at this point until we see exactly what happens because the agendas change on a daily basis.”