Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, had some advice for the vacationing Obama on Thursday. During an interview with The Hill, Pasco said:
“I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation.”
Ouch. But Pasco wasn’t done.
The police union head also had objections to Obama’s comments about the police in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death of Michael Brown:
“I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office.”
The comment by Obama to which Pasco took offense:
“There’s no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Peaceful protests? Apparently Obama is not aware of the ‘peaceful protesters’ smashing store-front windows and stealing anything and everything they could steal as a peaceful protest? Throwing Molotov cocktails at police is a peaceful protest? Shooting at a police helicopter is a peaceful protest?
Apparently there is no TV in Martha’s Vineyard.
Following up on those comments, Pasco said:
“I’m not there, and neither is the president. That is why we have due process in the United States. And this will all be sorted out over time.
But right now, I haven’t seen anything from afar – and maybe the president has – that would lead me to believe the police are doing anything except to restore order.”
The officer involved in the Ferguson shooting is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and is being represented by one of its lawyers. His name has not been released to the public.
Pasco declined to comment on whether Ferguson police should be withholding the officer’s name.
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