POLICE OFFICERS DEMAND PAYNE BE DROPPED FROM ST. PATRICK’S DAY
The Fraternal Order of Police – New Jersey State Lodge has asked organizers of Newark’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to reverse their decision to dedicate this year’s parade to U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne.
The police organization made its request by letter to Kevin P. Frey, general chairman of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.“Congressman Payne does not deserve this honor,” said FOPNJ president Edward R. Brannigan. “His disrespect for police officers and apparent sympathy for a convicted cop killer is repugnant and undeserving of any honor.”
On December 6, 2006 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn a decision by St. Denis, France to rename a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Known at the time as Wesley Cook, Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner on December 9, 1981.The House resolution condemning the street renaming passed by an overwhelming 368-31 vote. Payne was one of the 31 House members to vote against the resolution.“Congressman Payne’s vote against condemning an honor for a convicted cop killer is a slap in the face of every law enforcement officer and the family of Daniel Faulkner," said Brannigan, a retired Newark police officer and Grand Marshal of the city's 2004 St. Patrick's Day Parade. "Newark’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee should reverse its decision to honor Payne, or risk sullying it’s own reputation by disrespecting Officer Faulkner’s sacrifice.”
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 318,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. The FOP is the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. It is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.
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