PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — John McNesby, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia, put out a scathing letter, criticizing the Clinton campaign for not including widows and family members of police officers killed in the line of duty.
He used the words “shocked” and “saddened.”
McNesby told Eyewitness News that he’s upset with the list of Tuesday night speakers which includes the mothers of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, New York resident Eric Garner and Sandra Bland.
All three died during an interaction with police. The three deaths prompted public protests of police officers.
McNesby said in the letter: “It is sad that to win an election, Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country.”
The Clinton campaign told Eyewitness News that former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will speak. Hillary Clinton’s Pennsylvania communications director said in a statement:
“As Hillary Clinton has said, we need to support heroic police officers who put their lives on the line every day as well as listen to the voices of mothers who have lost their children. We look forward to highlighting the courageous efforts of law enforcement with speakers at our convention, including from Pennsylvania, and praising their work to keep our communities safe,” said Stephanie Formas, Hillary for America, PA Communications Director.
Eyewitness News has also learned that Joe Sweeney, a former NYPD Detective, who rescued people on 9/11, will also speak to the delegates.