Largest US Police Union Definitely Does Not Have A ‘Wish List’ For Trump

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The nation’s largest police union this week amended a document listing the group’s apparent executive and legislative priorities to clarify that it was simply an outline of what members may expect from a Trump administration, and not an “wish list” meant to outline the group’s goals.

The Fraternal Order of Police’s list of 15 “Potential Actions Through Executive Order or Action” and three potential legislative actions reads much like a Christmas wish list from the organization, which endorsed Trump for the presidency in September.

It “predicts” that in his first 100 days, the President-elect may rescind Executive Order 13688, which placed restrictions on the flow of military equipment to police departments; end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and use its federal database to locate and deport undocumented young people; end travel to the U.S. from “terrorist-prone” areas; expand the 287(g) program, which allows local police departments to pursue undocumented immigrants in coordination with ICE; reverse the federal government’s position on the use of private prisons; and reverse the “broad, Bush-era ban on racial profiling by all or some Federal agencies,” among many other things.

The legislative priorities listed in the document include repealing Obamacare and establishing mandatory minimum sentences for undocumented immigrants who return to the United States after being deported.

After the document drew criticism in media outlets and from civil rights groups, Mother Jones noted Monday that a new disclaimer had been added to it. A cached copy of the document dated Sunday shows no such disclaimer.

“PLEASE NOTE: This document is a predictive summary of potential actions that the Trump Administration may take in its first 100 days and is based on statements from the campaign and media reports up to the time the document was distributed to FOP members,” the disclaimer reads. “It is not an advocacy document and does not represent the FOP’s agenda for the first 100 days of the incoming Administration. It is an advisory to our members as to what may happen when the new Administration takes over [Italics original].”

Asked to explain the change, Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said that the document had been “misrepresented” as a policy wish list.

“The doc has been misrepresented as an FOP ‘wish list’, which is is not,” he wrote in an email. “The disclaimer was added to make that fact clearer. If and when we want to make our views known to the incoming Administration, we will do so directly to them, not through the media.”

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