By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Chicago police officers in uniform at a public event in 2007. Image created by Bboyce17. CC by 2.5 license.
The Chicago police union boss threatens to “kick out” officers who kneel with protesters. This was reported by Fox News within the last 24 hours. The President of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7 has issued a warning to Chicago police officers this week. The President, Mr. John Cantazara, issued the warning after scenes emerged that showed officers kneeling alongside protesters. The officers, pictured in uniform, were using the gesture to support the police reform movement.
Cantazara told Fox 32 Chicago that he believed these actions by Chicago police were done at an inappropriate time.
“I don’t believe it’s the time or place to be doing that. If you kneel, you’ll be risking being brought up on charges and thrown out of the lodge. Specifically this weekend. This was about defunding and abolishing the police officers. And you’re going to take a knee for that? It’s ridiculous,” ”said Mr. Cantazara as he was quoted by Fox 32 Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has built her career on police reform, held disdain for Cantazara’s comments. When she was asked her opinions on Cantazara’s stance on Wednesday, Lightfoot stated that she did not believe his comments should be credited.
“I don’t really think we should credit those kinds of really unfortunate comments.I’m not going to dignify them with any further response,” said Lightfoot as she was quoted by Fox 32.
Fox 32 noted that Cantazara himself has come under scrutiny previously for making political statements while in uniform. He got in trouble in 2017 for posting a photo to Facebook which showed him in uniform holding political signage supporting President Trump, gun rights, and standing for the national anthem. Cantazara made his argument to Fox 32 that Chicago officers who are kneeling for the police reform movement are also taking a political stance. He expressed wonder at how the police would handle the kneeling situation on a departmental level. He suspected that nothing would be done regarding this political motivation because Mayor Lightfoot so strongly supports the police reform movement.
The Epoch Times followed up on the reports of Cantazara’s stance as well. Cantazara’s remarks, citing The Epoch Times, came hot on the heels of controversy Lightfoot has been in with city aldermen over the handling of the city’s riots. The Epoch Times has also stated that other police unions across the nation have since given ultimatums to officers supporting the more negative aspects of the police reform movement.
In other developments, The Epoch Times reported that President Trump made announcements in Dallas, Texas on Thursday that he would be issuing an executive order regarding policing standards. Trump made his comments at a roundtable event held with law enforcement, faith leaders, and small business owners at Gateway Church in Dallas.
President Trump stated that the executive order would work toward enforcing departmental protocols and standards. He also stated that the United States federal government would not support defunding police. He stated that his order would take U.S. policing “the other route” by improving police training and providing police with better equipment, citing further reports by The Epoch Times.