Black Lives Matter Activists Occupy Police Union Headquarters in D.C. and New York

"When police officers kill us, they call their police union rep first."

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C.J. Ciaramella // Reason

Black Lives Matter activists occupied police union offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City on Wednesday morning for what protesters say is the unions' role in defending police violence against minorities and opposing police reform legislation.

In D.C., activists with the local chapters of the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter blocked the entrances to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) legislative headquarters and the nearby intersection.

Meanwhile, the New York City chapters of the BYP100 and Million Hoodies occupied the lobby of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, which represents New York City Police Department officers.

Standing outside the FOP's legislative office in D.C., local Black Youth Project 100 activist Clarise McCants called the FOP "the most dangerous fraternity in America."

"We're here today to make sure that no legislation that will continue to criminalize black people and protect killer cops is created," McCants said. "When police officers kill us, they call their police union rep first, so the unions, especially the Fraternal Order of Police, are one of the main hindrances to keeping police accountable."

McCants referenced the police shooting of Akai Gurley in 2014. After a rookie cop shot Gurley in a dark stairwell in a Brooklyn housing project, he texted his union representative and waited six and a half minutes before radioing for help.

Activists said they targeted the FOP because it has been a driving force behind "blue lives matter" bills, which aim to make assaults on police officers hate crimes, as well as opposition to policing reforms. McCants called the FOP "the ALEC of police," a reference to the American Legislative Exchange Committee, a free-market network that has funneled model bills through statehouses across the country.

The protests in D.C. urge police officers who support policing reforms to stop paying dues to the FOP. In New York, protesters are also calling for the immediate firing of police officer Wayne Isaacs, who was recently stripped of his gun and badge after he fatally shot a motorist while off-duty.

The Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolman's Benevolent Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

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  1. Will the Dems finally confront police unions? Highly unlikely.

    1. Will Republicans?

      1. Highly unlikely.

      2. They won’t either, for sure. It’s just that all of the places where these things tend to happen are also places controlled by Democrats for decades, and also places where these same protesters will vote 99% for Democrats everytime.

  2. Finally something that makes some sense, even if the ALEC analogy sucks

    1. I’m shocked they actually identified the right target. I’m still going to assume they’ll find a way to undermine themselves in a few days.

      1. ^This – particularly about finally protesting the source of the problem instead of random motorists. Sadly agree that you’re probably right about the second part.

    2. The funniest thing about ALEC is the left considering it some kind of Illuminati of conservatism. My dad as a legislative staffer was involved in ALEC for years and it was just a bunch of conservative nerds at a convention talking about land use policy and taxes.

  3. Now they’re getting smart.

  4. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

    1. Racist

  5. Finally, the BLM people do something that kinda makes sense.

  6. The racism of Republikkkans is the driving force behind Blue Lives Matters laws. Police unions are helplessly going along for the ride, you see. VOTE TEAM BLUE!

    /Derpocrats

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    1. Why afraid of a device that is not functioning, HM?

      *ducks*

      1. Would YOU want to be near a ticking time bomb that …. stopped?

        1. Depends did a 14 year old Muslim from Texas make it?

  8. Good.

    My idea to solve this issue: a tug of war contest between the protesters and union reps. Loser gets to write the new union rules and has to buy the winners Golden Corral.

    1. Why do you want to put Golden Corral out of business?

  9. “We’re here today to make sure that no legislation that will continue to criminalize black people and protect killer cops is created,” McCants said. “When police officers kill us, they call their police union rep first, so the unions, especially the Fraternal Order of Police, are one of the main hindrances to keeping police accountable.”

    Excellent. Needs to be covered extensively. I’m sure the media will do nothing.

    1. Well, some bimbo made a speech that was like another one. And I think Ben Carson said somethign weird.

      Keep your priorities straight, man.

  10. They should also bring something up about bench trials for police officers accused of crimes.

    1. Juries almost never convict cops either.

  11. Aw look at the libertarians get a boner for undermining collective bargaining when that’s not the point at all.

    1. #BlackLivesMatterButUnionLivesMatterMore

    2. The overprotective contracts muscled out of municipalities by the monopoly of force which foster a culture of accountability is the point?

      1. Tony has never been within shouting distance of a point, it is known.

      2. As long as we address all the causes of that culture and not just fixate on the ones that align with our jackbooted ideological crusade to eliminate the right of workers to collectively bargain.

        1. I don’t expect you to comprehend this, but:

          Collective bargaining is fine.

          Using the force of law to compel membership in a union is NOT fine.

          Unions pushing the creation of new laws to benefit themselves (as self-perpetuating institutions, rather than simple bargaining collectives) is NOT fine.

          1. I’d even go so far to say that “using the force of law to compel membership in a union” in fact VIOLATES a person’s right to collectively bargain. The current status quo only gives workers the rights to collectively bargain through a single, solitary organization that may not agree with their goals and aspirations.

        2. Jackbooted… according to the guy pushing contracts enforced with guns to protect the men with guns from prosecution. Too funny.

        3. Who’s talking about “workers”, anyway?

          We’re talking about cops, Tony. Try to keep up.

          1. Tony works in academia. Tony is unfamiliar with words like “productive” and “work.”

        4. As long as we address all the causes of that culture

          Sociopathy? You’re well-versed in that, we know.

    3. Aw, look at Tony missing the point again.

      1. Dead black people are the only thing that give him an erection at this point.

        1. GAH!

          *claws at eyes to unsee that comment*

    4. Tony, you can’t find the point with both hands on your knob, you knob.

  12. The irony is that they are opposing their own family on the issue – many have grandmothers and uncles employed by the law enforcement industries. They don’t realize that they are shooting themselves in the foot on this issue, but still that’s better than hopping feet first into the prison industrial complex meat grinder as they’ve been doing for decades.

    1. What’s the matter with Kansas! How dare people place their principles above their economic self interest!

      1. Only the noble Dem-elites are capable of such sacrifice! Everyone else is just being scammed by TEATHUGLIKKANZ!!!

    2. You know, not all black people are employed by law enforcement agencies or prisons. You make a decent point here, but are flogging it a bit too hard.

  13. Don’t think anything will come of it but glad to see it. My recollection is that police union/contract reforms were one of the first targets in the early days of BLM and there were some reasonable ideas trickling out then too. I suspect that as the movement started picking up steam the nutjobs started latching on and speaking out (/acting out) and their critics immediately latched on to the opportunity to paint the most extreme nutjobs as the real voice of the movement. It’s almost like we’ve seen this story before.

  14. Well now that they’re going after unions, we can like them! Go BLM, go!

    1. Block unions, not freeways.

    2. “Well, now that they are going after something that we have long identified as a root cause rather than gunning people down in the streets, we can like them!”

      Yeah, us libertarians. Totally unprincipled, we are.

      1. Who’s gunning who down in the streets now?

      2. rather than gunning people down in the streets

        That doesn’t help your argument…

    3. Yes. Making a non-retarded-SJW point does make me like them more.

      Am I supposed to feel bad about that?

  15. The Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

    They will, however, return fire.

  16. The protests in D.C. urge police officers who support policing reforms to stop paying dues to the FOP.

    They like the idea of not paying dues, but not so much the accountability a world without the FOP brings.

  17. Here’s an easy target. Florida (and at least Lousiana) have statutes on the books that grant LEOs extra privileges when accused of a crime that other citizens do not have access to. This seems like a clear violation of the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution.

    1. When police violate or are accused of violating the law, they’re actions are treated like an employee/employer dispute.

  18. Black Lives Matter activists occupied police union offices in Washington, D.C.

    NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCE!

    I wonder how quickly the media will decide that now BLM has gone too far.

    1. When BLM occupies WaPo or the NYT.

  19. the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

    Someone didn’t think this acronym through.

    1. Sure they did. That’s why it’s not an “Association”.

      1. And why they went with “Police”, instead of the classier “Gendarmes”.

  20. While anyone voluntarily taking employment has to take responsibility for the organization, all this focus from BLM and bs-artists, such as obama, on cops is – perhaps on purpose – missing the point.

    Who hires and fires the cops? Who decides the guidelines and rules governing the police engagement with the public? Who has militarized the mentality and weaponry of the police? Who tolerates and promotes police unions as convenient cut-outs, fall guys and heat-takers? The cops and police unions did not rise magically from the inexplicable mystery of the state. And more important, who has control over what and what isn’t a crime? Who has multiplied statutes, licenses, permits, tickets and all sorts of chickenshit revenue-generators that bring cops into enforcement-contact with the public? Who invented and promotes the war on drugs and other victimless crimes?

    1. Hitler?

  21. By the Eternal Blue Sky, I seem to have crossed over into an alternate reality where BLM understands that police violence is a result of overly entrenched police unions!!

    1. Hello alternate dimension Reason commentariot!! Who is running for president in this reality?? In the one I came from it was a contest between a reality TV star and a criminal.

      1. The same, but they both have moustaches.

      2. Hilton Clinton and Donna Trump. Unfortunately besides the gender-swap they’re basically the same.

    2. I continue to hold out hope that that movement will stop engaging in unproductive activities which only serve to alienate potential allies and embrace strategies which are effective.

  22. The Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

    No shit, their telephones and computers were in the occupied offices.

    1. FOP considers smart phones part of the war on cops.

  23. “the most dangerous fraternity in America.”

    And just what is Alpha Warty Mu then???

    1. What does the Greek letter called “Warty” look like again?

      1. “The glpyh was of an unhealthy hue, suggestive of non-Euclidean blasphemies.”

      2. An enormous dick mushroom-slapping a face, forever.

  24. “In a conciliatory gesture, the FOP has agreed that its members will treat black suspects the same way they treat white suspects.”

    “Great, finally black people will be treated with some -”

    “Stop resisting!”

  25. I congratulate them on finally realizing that *just maybe* Canadian Gay Pride Parades were not actually the appropriate targets for their protesting-activities.

    Someone must have offered them some helpful suggestions. Amazing it took this long.

  26. That is not an approved way to use a ladder. There are warning labels all over those things, the guy is probably sitting on the words ‘Do not sit or stand on top rung.” Thugs and scofflaws, that is all BLM is.

  27. The Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

    But when they do respond, it will be tone deaf as fuck.

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