The nation’s largest police union has accused White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of “belittling Americans” by laughing off concerns over skyrocketing crime rates.
The Fraternal Order of Police has demanded an apology after Psaki mocked media outlets who report on “soft-on-crime policies,” saying they are living in an “alternate universe.”
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, issued a statement that said: “I think it’s wrong—very wrong—for Ms. Psaki to suggest that violent crime in our country is of no concern or to just laugh it off.
“She may feel safe in the White House, one of the most protected buildings in the United States, but not everyone feels safe in their workplace.
“The world we find ourselves in is dangerous and is becoming increasingly more so.
“Tens of thousands of people have been the victims of crime this month alone and some of them never made it back home.
“There are many reasons for this escalating violence in many of our communities, and one of them is agenda-driven prosecutors who have gone rogue.
“Many of them are refusing to bring charges against so-called ‘low-level’ or ‘nonviolent’ offenders. Under their leadership, which has been abhorrent in many cases, many violent offenders don’t stay in jail—they’re back on the streets and free to commit more crimes.
“That is the universe in which I, and millions of Americans, live in.
“Dominique Rivera, widow to the slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, said it best at her husband’s funeral: ‘This system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even members of the service.’
“These are stark words, but they are nonetheless true.
“Pretending violent crimes are part of some other reality will not help victims,” he said.
“Ms. Psaki owes them an apology.”
???? BREAKING: National Fraternal Order of Police President @PYoes Calls Out @PressSec @jrpsaki for Mocking Americans’ Concerns Over Skyrocketing Crime Rates:
“Pretending violent crimes are part of some other reality will not help victims. Ms. Psaki owes them an apology.” pic.twitter.com/lwPxp8lOhE
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) January 31, 2022
Founded in 1915, the Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 356,000 members.
With national offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., the FOP is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those served through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.
Sen. Tom Cotton said: “It means because of Democratic policies like bail reform and defunding the police, there has been a record spike in murders.”
Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller said:
“A truly appalling video. Psaki laughingly mocks those concerned over “soft-on-crime consequences,” as living in an “alternate universe. “What does that even mean?” Psaki laments. Perhaps she should start by asking the NYPD heroes who lined 5th Avenue to honor their slain comrade.”
Jen Psaki mocks people discussing the “consequences” of “soft-on-crime” policies: “What does that even mean?” pic.twitter.com/C1KEnXVIQI
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 31, 2022