National Police Union Blasts Antifa: 'Ideas Don't Throw Bricks at Officers' Heads'
FOP vice president demands answers from Biden-Harris ticket
National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) vice president, Joe Gamaldi demanded the Biden-Harris ticket be clear on their thoughts about the violent far-left group Antifa.
Gamaldi recalled when the former vice president called Antifa just "an idea" during the debate with President Donald Trump last month.
“Vice President Biden said Antifa is an idea. Well, excuse me, but ideas don’t throw bricks at officers’ heads."
"They don’t hit officers in the head with baseball bats," he argued.
"They don’t throw Molotov cocktails, and they don’t attempt to assassinate police officers,” Gamaldi added.
“Vice President Biden, frankly, owes an apology to every single law enforcement officer across this country that puts a uniform on every single day,” Gamaldi continued.
Gamaldi said that law and order must be a central theme of the vice presidential debate.
He added that “a recent Monmouth University Poll said that 65% of Americans said that law and order was a serious issue in this country.”
.@joegamaldi says @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris need to clarify whether #Antifa is just an “idea.”— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) October 7, 2020
🔺Do #Ideas throw bricks/Molotov cocktails at cops⁉️
🔺Do #Ideas attempt to kill cops⁉️
Hey @SusanPage, can you ask at tonight’s #VPDebate? Asking for a few hundred thousand friends... pic.twitter.com/gBaak6skm0
Gamaldi also noted murders are “spiking in all our major cities across this country.”
The Fraternal Order of Police consists of hundreds of thousands of sworn law enforcement officers, boasting 355,000 members in more than 2,100 local lodges.
“We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities,” FOP officials wrote on their website.
“We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.”
Trump has stood firm on "law and order" since riots from far left groups gripped the country following the death of George Floyd.
Last month, The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago officially endorsed Trump for reelection.
The FOP president of the local chapter, John Catanzara, said:
“I will do whatever I can for him — clearly,” Catanzara told The Chicago Tribune.
“I hope he makes a somewhat local appearance — that he doesn’t think Illinois is a lost cause and will just kind of mail it in.”