I have always taken the stance that being a cop precluded membership in a union. I felt, not unreasonably, that cops should fight organized crime, not pay dues to it. It has been my experience that the first allegiance of police union leaders was to the union and screw the cops.
There is this report from Fox News:
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, police unions are coming under fire from the political left as impediments to the reform of a system many claim is racist, as politicians and organizations say the groups are more interested in protecting their members than the public.
The mark of a good leftist is that if you can’t change the facts, change the rhetoric.
He continued in another: “I want to be clear: I am about as pro-union as a person can be. The Police Federation should not be thought of as a union. They do not affiliate with the AFL-CIO. They don’t walk picket lines in solidarity. How do I know? Because I do and I’ve never seen them on a line. Not once.”Minneapolis, City Council member Steve Fletcher — a leader in calls there to disband the city’s police department
How the political winds have shifted. Now the once cozy relationship between the police union and the local pols is fast disappearing. Many police unions are aligned with the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO. Here are some examples.
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
To numerous to list
International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)
The International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) is a North American trade union that represents law enforcement officers.
The IUPA was founded in 1979 and in 2017 represented more than 100,000 law enforcement officers. Since 2005 it is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the largest trade union of public employees in the United States. It represents 1.3 million public sector employees and retirees, including health care workers, corrections officers, sanitation workers, police officers, firefighters, and childcare providers. Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1932, AFSCME is part of the AFL–CIO, one of the two main labor federations in the United States. AFSCME has had four presidents since its founding.
Course Fletcher passes this move off as the correction of a mistake. He thought the Minneapolis Police Association was a union. It turns out he was mistaken, they aren’t really. Seventy years after his death George Orwell is still on point.
Guns bad! Cops bad! Crooks good! Up is down! Down is up! Who is running the asylum? When the democrats are done with Minneapolis it will look like Mogadishu.