Hello fellow FPOA members and those we proudly serve,
I recently received a copy of a statement signed “In Community” by a number of valley faith-based leaders concerning the officer involved shooting of a potentially armed murder suspect two years ago. Their statement was in response to a video of which was recently and widely shown in the media which caused an inflaming of public emotions. This further resulted in the stoking of anti-police sentiment in the community we serve and protect. This shooting was deemed lawful by the District Attorney.
Coming from faith-based leaders, one would expect to see words of faith, forgiveness, understanding, and unity. You know, words that calm and heal, and demonstrate an openness to the totality of circumstances; however, what they spewed were words of hate, false accusations, divisiveness and one-sided finger pointing. What is sad, is that these so-called faith leaders made assumptions based solely on a short video, and then state “We reject the disrespectful, inappropriate, and distasteful rhetoric of anyone who would attempt to classify this as anything more than a failure of Fresno PD, and of local leadership.” Basically, they have made up their minds and they don’t want to hear facts or the law. They only want retribution, and facts be damned.
To make matters worse, they sent this statement to the California Attorney General in a clear attempt to influence him and his office to open another investigation in the hopes of prosecuting the officer. Again, they’re hoping to bring this incident back into the spotlight, and to upset those who don’t understand or those who don’t want to understand.
I have attached the letter in question and the official response from the Fresno Police Officers Association. Each of the signers of the statement received the FPOA’s response in the mail and a copy was sent to Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General.
Your FPOA will always be there in support of our members as well as ALL law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line each and every day for OUR communities. We will continue to push back against the closed-minded, narrow, and negative narrative some out there are spreading for their own self-serving interests.
And for those in our community who are reading this, please take a moment to think of and give thanks to those who are patrolling the streets keeping us safe while we enjoy our families during the holidays.
Take care and we here at the FPOA want to wish ALL of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.