President Trump tweeted in defense of the Chicago police on Friday, saying they “have every right to legally protest.”
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President Trump tweeted in defense of the Chicago police on Friday, saying they “have every right to legally protest,” days after a police union in the city’s plans for a demonstration against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who claims it is “anti-police.”
The Chicago Police have all right to legally protest against the mayor and a board of directors that just do not let them to do their work. The murders are at a record pace and tough police work, that Chicago will not allow it, would bring things back to order snel…de killings must stop!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018
“The Chicago Police have all right to legally protest against the mayor and a board of directors that just do not let them do their job,” Trump tweeted. “The killings are at a record pace and tough police work, that Chicago will not allow it, would bring things back to order quickly … the killings must stop!”
Trump’s comments came two days after the “Blue Wednesday” in Chicago, during which the members of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police show up at a city council meeting to make their grievances against the mayor. They are of the opinion that Mayor Emanuel has “turned his back” on them.
One of the Chicago police union claims that the city’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel has “turned their back” on them.
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During the meeting, the members accused Emanuel of not taking their interests into consideration, partly as a result of a consent decree with the federal government, which is in the works, The Chicago Tribune reported. The decree gives a federal court the supervision over the Police in Chicago.
The police of Chicago have argued that the decision is a shroud for even more anti-police policy.
“You’re more concerned with the approval of the resolutions, arrangements, to give to the police-hating groups than to negotiate a contract with us,” said Patrick Murray, union vice-president, according to the newspaper report. “Our members begin to believe that you are not going to negotiate an agreement with us until after the next election.”
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Some police officers staged a protest at the town hall, which was tense. A woman was reportedly seen on that spit on a demonstrator marching with the police.
The move also follows the Chicago Police Board’s recent decision to Officer Robert Rialmo on no-pay status over a fatal shooting in 2015, that was considered unjustified by the board of directors, but was ruled justified by the Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Emanuel is not on the independent police board, which ruled on Rialmo the status of the print job.
Emanuel is in the midst of an election, as he is running for his third term as mayor.
Fox News’ Matt Finn contributed to this report.