Nice to know at least one media organization got its story straight about this. Boston.com’s Allison Pohle wrote:
Before its “presidential candidate’s forum” in Portsmouth Thursday night, the New England Police Benevolent Association said in a letter to presidential campaign directors that it “will NOT endorse any candidate who does NOT personally attend our candidate forum.”
Donald Trump was the only candidate present. He received the organization’s official endorsement.
Which was mentioned in comments by pogo but it bears repeating. I’ll add that with the already-known biases of Flynn, this “endorsement” was in the bag for Trump from the word go, I’d wager. I’d check his Facebook page, but I think he’s blocked me. I’m sure we have a number of mutual FB friends and he was tired of hearing me talk sense. 🙂 But the end of this article does quote current Facebook posts. I am told from a friend that he’s been a Trump supporter for quite some time but I am trying to verify.
But what does that vote of confidence really mean? Nothing, according to Tom Nolan, a former Boston Police Department lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Merrimack College.
“Up until a few months ago, no one had ever heard of them,” Nolan said. “This is some wingnut faction of cops who came together and made up some club, and then try to get on the national stage by doing these grandstanding political things.”
He pretty much nailed that. Exactly what I wrote earlier in comments.
And, as I also stated, this org is not really a police union in the traditional sense that we all know the word:
“They’re trying to give the impression that they represent Boston police officers, but they’re not a labor union that actually negotiates contracts,” he said.
More of this sort of reporting, please, media!