On Friday, more than 175 current and former law enforcement officers and officials endorsed Joe Biden for president.
The law enforcement officials who support Biden include former U.S. attorneys, former state attorneys general, former sheriffs, and former police chiefs who mentioned Biden’s experience “keeping communities safe,” as reported by Fox News.
Tom Manger, the retired chief and former president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said Biden has “always stood on the right side of the law and is offering a much-needed vision for our Nation. When asked the question, would you feel safe in Joe Biden’s America? The answer is yes.”
“I’ve worked with Vice President Biden for years and know that he can heal the divide in our Country. He has condemned violence of all kinds, and there is no question that I would feel safe in Joe Biden’s America,” he added.
Criticisms for Trump
The retired chief of the Madison, Wis. Police Department, Noble Wray, then criticized Trump as a “lawless” president.
“It’s ironic that a lawless president claims to be the ‘law and order’ president,” Wray said. “We are at a crossroads with this nation, and we need a president that has always prioritized the safety of Americans and their families.”
Wray pointed out that we have seen “time and time again” that the president “has prioritized advancing his own political interests before considering the well-being and livelihood of Americans.”
Meanwhile, retired Illinois police Col. Joann Johnson criticized Trump for how he handles the COVID-19 pandemic: “COVID has devastated our economy, killed thousands of Americans. The murder rate is up, and more cops have died of COVID-19 this year than on patrol. Yet, despite all that, Donald Trump has continued to insist he is the law and order president without condemning violence, providing a plan to control COVID-19, or a path for economic recovery.”
Johnson then proceeded to praise Biden. He says Biden is a “man of character and of family values who I believe can heal our nation and begin to restore the trust between law enforcement and communities of color.”