Hey, remember who police officers backed for president in 2008?
From a September 22, 2008, press release:
NAPO ENDORSES BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), representing 238,000 rank-and-file law enforcement officers from across the United States, is pleased to formally announce its endorsement of Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice President of the United States.
"Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a proven record of standing with the law enforcement community, from giving our officers on the front lines the resources and tools they need in the fight against drugs and crime in our communities to supporting law enforcement officers' right to work place protections", stated Tom Nee. "NAPO believes that Senators Obama and Biden will make giving our nation's law enforcement officers every protection they need a top priority of their administration."
"I am extremely pleased to accept the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations. Day and night, America’s police work tirelessly to make sure that our families are safe and our communities are strong. It’s a basic responsibility to make sure that our officers have the support they need to fight crime and bring criminals to justice. Too often under the Bush Administration, we’ve failed to live up to that obligation. I’m proud to be running alongside the author of the landmark 1994 crime bill, and when I’m President I’ll support law enforcement by fully funding the COPS program, facilitating better information-sharing between agencies, toughening enforcement and prevention measures to fight gang violence, and doubling funding for afterschool programs that let kids stay off the streets. NAPO's position as the leader of America's national law enforcement organizations makes their endorsement particularly welcome to Joe Biden and me and I look forward to fighting for them and all of America’s police officers as President," said Senator Barack Obama.
NAPO is proud to endorse Senators Obama and Biden. We look forward to working with their administration over the next four years to support the interests of America’s law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
NAPO is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 2,000 police units and associations, 238,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 11,000 retired officers and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.This is an endorsement too painful to mock.
But it is another example this Labor Day of whom unions really serve.