Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accuses Obama of politicizing Rep. John Lewis’ funeral: ‘He Took Us Back to Segregated 1960’s’

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On July 31st, in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King J.r., said the left will “grab at any opportunity” to twist an occasion like the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis into “a political moment,”.

During the interview, King said that she should have expected former President Barack Obama to “grab at” the chance.

She said: 

“I have chosen not to politicize the death of Congressman Lewis, but to remember him as a peaceful, nonviolent warrior and encourage everyone to resolve our conflicts peacefully,” 

In Obama’s eulogy, which he gave at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, he said:

“Now, I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it,”

He went on to say:

“John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best in America that we are seeing circulate right now.”

He then went off on a tangent to try to bring politics into a very personal moment for many.

Obama no longer made his eulogy about Lewis, but rather took the opportunity to discuss topics such as: Voting Rights Act, granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, turning Election Day into a national holiday, implementing automatic voter registration, getting rid of the Senate’s filibuster, and nationwide civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.

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According to FoxNews, King said Obama distorted history when he “took us back to the 1960s.”

In the beginning of Obama’s speech, he reminisced on the life of young activist Lewis, who had been beaten by state troopers during the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march known as “Bloody Sunday.”

King commented on this, saying:

“And, that was a time when segregation was still on the books, segregation was still legal, and those in power…some of them were trying to enforce that and keep that,” 

She went on to say:

“Today, when the National Guard goes in — sent by the president for example — or state troopers, they are trying to protect the people of America in every community. And, to save lives and protect people,”

Finally she said:

“There is a totally distinct difference.”

King said trying to make a connection or comparison, without naming names and making accusations that there is “an effort to undermine the voting process,” was an incorrect characterization of the current administration’s message ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

King commented on this further, saying:

“You know, actually President Trump is saying: ‘People, please pay attention. We do want you to vote. Use your absentee ballots. Go to the polls.’ He has even encouraged, you know, people to be poll watchers and poll workers and that kind of thing,” 

She concluded by saying: 

“President Trump is not trying to suppress the vote,” King asserted.  “We do want people to vote safely. And, we need the voting process to be fair. And so, to politicize the funeral of a peaceful warrior — I mean, I guess they grabbed at an opportunity to be political,”

It is not surprising that the left uses any chance they can to grandstand, spin stories and blame President Trump at every turn, however, to use the funeral of a respected member of congress, is a new low. 

Perhaps Obama is still salty about last week’s news regarding police endorsements.

Top pro-police organization National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) announced it’s endorsing President Donald Trump for his 2020 re-election campaign.

In a July 15 letter directed to President Trump and endorsing him for his re-election campaign, the NAPO President Michael McHale said:

“We particularly value your directing the attorney general to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers.”

NAPO is a US coalition of police unions and associations that supports law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education and represents more than 1,000 police units and associations and more than 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers.

On June 16, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities.

The Order, which NAPO approved of, said:

“[This order] directs the Administration to incentivize transparency, accountability and training, it also protects officer due process rights, and allows officers the tools necessary to protect themselves and their communities. Additionally, it ensures officer privacy and confidentiality rights.”

Trump, who has called for law and order following the protests and riots that erupted after the death of George Floyd while in police custody, said in a meeting on Monday with NAPO:

“Our officers have been under vicious assault…Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy…These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police.”

Following NAPO’s announcement on Wednesday, Trump tweeted about the endorsement and said he will always back the men and women in blue. 

NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, but previously backed President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, primarily because Biden was on the ticket, at a time when NAPO had seen Biden as being tough on crime and a supporter of law enforcement.

Former Vice President Biden’s flip-flopping on his support for strong policing and Trump’s tough stance on law and order seems to have worked, winning him NAPO’s endorsement.

Biden initially told CBS News”

“No, I don’t support defunding the police.” 

But in an interview with “Now This News” on July 8, the presidential candidate was asked whether he is open to the kind of reform where social workers are sent to respond to some 911 calls instead of the police.

“Yes, I proposed that kind of reform. We need significantly more help. That’s why I called for significant increase in funding for mental health clinics and mental health providers. We are desperately in need of that now,” Biden said.

Trump has seized on Biden’s statements and the left’s push to defund police to strengthen his own image as a law and order president, telling those who attended the round table meeting on Monday:

“My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime.”

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Meanwhile last month, we reported on how the union representing school police officers in the city of Los Angeles, California is fighting back against attempts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to defund that agency. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Following nationwide protests in the wake of the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd, the Los Angeles School Police Department has been under attack.  Select members of the school board are using this tragic and unnecessary death to fuel their political aspirations.

The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) leadership views this as an easy money-grab- a way to push money into the city’s bank and into their own pockets, with LASPD budget sitting at $70 million.

Last Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District School Board Members Monica Garcia and Nick Melvoin voted to approve a resolution that would year after year defund the LASPD, until they were eliminated completely from all LAUSD campuses. 

This is also known as phasing the police out of the schools.

Board Members Garcia and Melvoin were working off of false statistics produced by UTLA leaders. 

Melvoin, earlier in the meeting, submitted an amendment to a separate resolution, which also failed, to defund the LASPD $20 million with the swipe of a pen. 

Melvoin did not get the majority votes on his amendment. So he came for more.  

Joe Cameron, President of Public Safety Association Consultants, said:

“The sad part of the equation is that Mr. Melvoin believes he can just defund the Los Angeles School Police Department without any ramifications. It’s not that easy.  A $20 million reduction would equal a severe reduction in service to his own district.  A district with strong support for the Los Angeles School Police Department.”

The final resolution, the elimination of the LASPD, was written by long-time School Board Member Monica Garcia, who is set to term-out of the LAUSD school board in 2022. 

This is the same LAUSD School Board member who earlier in the year, ran for Los Angeles City Council and finished in an embarrassing fourth place.  

All that said, it’s not surprising that Garcia turned her back on law enforcement after enjoying years of support from those in blue. 

Over the years, Ms. Garcia continuously received the endorsements of law enforcement  associations around the State of California. Those associations stood by her side, and she was always willing to take a fat endorsement check. 

Now that the narrative does not work for her political career, she has quickly turned her back on the fine men and women of law enforcement. 

We all know politics is a dirty game, but Garcia is the epitome of a politician who will throw anyone under the bus to further her political career. 

When the times were good for Ms. Garcia, she had the back of law enforcement:

“I’m proud to be supported by the officers who work to keep our kids safe in our schools and in our community.” 

And yet, when the times are tough, she abandoned them without resolve:

“If there are not four votes today, to address the transition away from a school police department, which really has the only license to KILL, other than not teaching kids to read a write [LAUSD Board Meeting 10:39:20].”

Let’s go over some facts- some REAL facts:

The LASPD is the largest school police department in the nation and has been serving the LAUSD since 1948.  They have the privilege to serve and protect 1300 campuses and sites, in 13 municipalities and they cover 710 square miles of jurisdiction.

They protect over 600,000 students and 69,000 employees, which consist of teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors, clerical staff, bus drivers and more.

Last school year, the LASPD responded to approximately 135,000 emergency calls on our campuses and sites, that included robberies, attempt kidnappings and other serious crimes. 

Of those emergency calls, 155 were mass school threats. 

William Etue, Vice-President of the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association, said:

“Who is going to respond to these emergency calls if we are not here?  Has everyone quickly forgotten about the tragedies in Parkland, FL, Sandy Hook, Columbine?

“We must be there to protect our students and we cannot allow politics to get in the way of safety for our children.” 

This comes after Etue went before the school board and made it known that if the LAUSD School Board removed LASPD officers from their campuses, those who voted to remove them should not be entitled to “qualified immunity” if a tragedy occurred because of it.

The LASPD created the first of its kind school district mental health evaluation team. This revolutionary team responded to 1,387 calls last year and assisted students in getting the resources they needed. 

Additionally, the Los Angeles School Police Department established one of the nation’s top prevention and early intervention programs, that continuously works to ensure their students graduate safely, and on time.

 

Rudy Perez, Vice-President of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and Sergeant with the Los Angeles School Police Department said:

“Being an SRO is about one thing:  It’s all about relational-based policing. You might ask yourself what is that?  We’ll it’s about verified trust through student and community engagement through early intervention and early prevention programs.” 

NASRO Vice-President Perez travels the nation speaking and teaching on the state-of-the-art early intervention and prevention programs created by the LASPD. 

The LASPD has an interagency collaboration between counselors and school police officers.  The day-to-day routine of a school police officer is not like that of a normal street cop.  Some morning routines consist of meeting with principals to exchange information about a student who may need assistance. 

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A big part of the assignment is meeting with school counselors and social workers, learning about “bullying” or “sexual abuse” and investigating those crimes.  

Perez said:

“Community policing and the presence of school resource officers on school campuses serve a vital role fostering a safe learning environment for our students and staff.”

Gil Gamez, President of the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association said:

“The Press wants to paint us in a negative light when that could be further from the truth. We protect our students from the evil that no one wants to talk about.” 

Last year alone, the Los Angeles School Police Department responded to 95 robberies, 466 assaults, 369 burglaries and 69 assaults with a deadly weapon. 

If the Los Angeles School police officers are not there, who will answer those calls for help?

Social workers? With no means to protect themselves, much less the students?

Since the inception of the LASPD, the police department has given out 52 “life-saving” awards, with 23 of those awards coming between 2017-2019. 

School police play a pivotal role in securing and fostering a safe learning environment for their students and staff.

It’s not about, as Garcia so viciously put it, having a “license to kill.” It’s about having a relationship with the students. Keeping them safe is important, yes. But building those bonds with the kids, attempting to have positive police interactions and ideally prevent those who may not have any  other role models from living a life of crime.

This is a dangerous resolution and it’s set to be vote upon on Tuesday, June 30. Maybe it’s just a fantasy, but we at Law Enforcement Today are holding out hope that the board will do the right thing and keep students and staff safe.

Defend the police!

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