PORTLAND, OR – Prepare for a city-paid and arguably sanctioned “blue flu” of sorts in Portland, Oregon.
On Monday, June 8, Ted Wheeler said he wanted to give city employees “space to grieve and reflect”.
So the city decided to temporarily expand the use of HRAR 6.08, which is Funeral and Bereavement Leave.
The intent is to “allow staff a chance to grieve over the recent loss of Black lives in America and the trauma that has accompanied this”, according to an internal email that was obtained by Law Enforcement Today.
And now the Portland Police Association is encouraging officers to use that paid time off to grieve as well.
The memo from the city went on to state the following:
“Humbly, we are in a process of learning as a City. The intention of this bereavement leave centers on the needs and experiences first and foremost of our Black employees during a movement of Black justice and a recognition of all the trauma that Black employees face in their everyday lives given systemic racism.
Additionally, we intended to give space for BIPOC communities experiencing racism and processing a lot of trauma during this time as well.
And finally, we wanted to provide space for individuals in close proximity to these experiences as a multi-racial or white family member with immediate family members experiencing the trauma of racism.”
In what’s arguably a racist and discriminatory comment, the letter then went on to tell “white employees” to “step up”.
“We want to encourage our white employees to do some reflection on how to step up and cover the work space so that BIPOC and those employees that truly need the time can grieve and take time to care for themselves.”
The letter then went on to include language that was no doubt meant to cover the city, legally.
“We will not make judgements about who should or should not take this leave. There are complexities within race and how different communities are experiencing this movement for Black justice and grieving the atrocities racism has placed on our communities of color.”
They won’t discriminate against “white employees”, they said – but then in a shocking continuation of the letter, the city said that white employees who use the paid time off should “reflect on why and how they are taking this time if they so choose”.
“We acknowledge that there are high emotions for everyone right now, and that Black people and all communities of color experience racism directly. We know there are no rules we can make that will fully acknowledge these complexities.
We are asking particularly white employees to reflect on why and how they are taking this time if they so choose, and we ask white employees to consider how they can support BIPOC colleagues.
We are also encouraging BIPOC communities, particularly Black employees to take care of their needs, and know that the City of Portland acknowledges that Black Lives Matter.”
Daryl Turner is the President of the Portland Police Association. He’s been in law enforcement his entire career, and he’s one of the most respected leaders in the community.
Loved and respected by officers and city residents alike, his leadership has guided officers through what’s arguably been the most difficult period in the history of the Portland Police Department.
He responded with a note to all members of the Portland Police Association. And unlike the discriminatory message from the city, Daryl spoke of inclusion of everyone.
“First, I want to stop and thank you. Thank you for continuing to put on your badge and uniform every day to answer the calls and serve our communities with honor, integrity, dedication, and professionalism.”
He goes on to talk about the ruthless and ongoing attacks against the officers.
“As first responders, these past few weeks you have worked incredibly long hours. You have endured having rocks, bottles, fireworks, urine, feces, and bricks thrown at you.
You have endured hateful words. You have been used to promote the false narratives of those with self-serving political agendas.
I know that each of you is more than just a badge and uniform or the voice on the other end of the line. You are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, and grandfathers. You are all exceptional people.”
And he reminded the officers that they are appreciated – despite the way city leaders are treating them.
“Amidst everything happening in our nation, I appreciate you. And while you may not see, hear, or feel it, know that the vast majority of the communities you tirelessly serve appreciate you, too.”
He said many officers contacted him for clarification about the ‘leave policy’…and he then goes on to provide it.
“Second, many of you have contacted me expressing frustration and anger regarding the latest direction from the City in reference to the use of the City-paid, 40-hours of bereavement leave. The stated purpose of the leave is to give every one of you the opportunity to rest and reflect.”
He said that the city has assured everyone can take the time off… and that every officer should go ahead and do just that.
“The only limitation on taking the leave is operational; precincts and work units have limited how many officers/dispatchers can be off at any one time to maintain minimum staffing.
I have been assured by management that everyone requesting the bereavement leave will be approved.
The City cannot lawfully discriminate against anyone seeking to take the leave. If you want it, put in for it. If you are denied, call me.”
There’s been talk in police departments across the country of a “blue flu” – something that many unions say they can’t encourage because of the terms of contracts.
This, however, is a very different story.
The city flat out said any city employee can take the time off. In this case, the union is simply encouraging employees who need “time to grieve” to take Portland city officials up on their offer.
After all – they’d be crazy to continue to suffer and be berated when they can heal at home – on the city’s dime. And Law Enforcement Today encourages every single officer in Portland to do just that – heal, reflect and recover.
This editorial is brought to you by Kyle S. Reyes, the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Jun 17, 2020
ATLANTA, GA – On Thursday night, the Atlanta Police Department was quick to downplay “rumors” that cops had walked off the job.
Zone 6 scanner is dead air for over 40 min
Anyone in law enforcement – or anyone with friends in law enforcement – knew that the denial was a load of crap. But talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place, right?
Option 1) Lie to everyone and hope that criminals are too dumb to realize the truth… that the city has fallen.
Option 2) Tell the truth and watch the terror begin.
Getting UNCONFIRMED reports that all officers in 3 Atlanta zones have walked off the job in protest to today’s charges. Scanner conversation in these zones are completely silent. Working to get more information
The reports came in fast and furious. Cops all over the city suddenly fell ill. Dispatchers couldn’t come into work. Officers refused to go out on calls to anything other than an officer in trouble.
Police departments in nearby communities refused to send their officers in.
Just got this email from an Atlanta police officer:
“Atlanta police officers are refusing to answer the radio and walking off of the job. The county can go screw themselves. If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!”
Has the day of reckoning finally arrived?
Is the “Blue Flu” about to become the most deadly pandemic America will ever face?
First – quick backstory on what lead to all of this. I’m going to sum it up – but if you want all of the details, you can read them here.
A criminal who “allegedly” abuses children (among a litany of other crimes) who should be in jail gets trashed – falls asleep behind the wheel of the car.
Cops go to arrest him. Criminal fights. Steals Taser from cop. Runs. Turns and points Taser at cop, who has to make split-second decision. In a split second, the cop doesn’t have time to process whether it’s the Taser or a gun. Cop shoots criminal.
Social justice warriors on social media who were apparently medical experts last month and Constitutional scholars the month before engage in virtue-signaling. Burn down Wendy’s. Because, you know, that’ll bring the dead criminal back.
Flash forward. District attorney holds a press conference. Lies. Lies again. Then says the cops are going to be arrested and one of them will be charged with a whole bunch of felonies. He could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
The death penalty. Let that sink in for a minute.
Oh yeah, that DA is up for reelection and isn’t doing so hot, so some people suggest he’s pandering for votes. Shocker.
Oh yeah, and he’s also under investigation for “allegedly” doing some really bad stuff.
Oh yeah, and just last week, some cops were fired for using a Taser on some entitled college students who thought the rules didn’t apply to them, and social justice warriors and the DA were talking about how a Taser can be a deadly weapon. Except in the hands of a criminal, apparently.
I’m done. Atlanta police officers are done. Cops across the country are done.
Because here’s the thing, America – a significant number of you are absolutely, completely, entirely full of shit.
Three weeks ago, you had signs in your windows. “We love you first responders!”
What’s the deal – were you just bored? You just needed to pass the time? Or was the paper not big enough to sign at the bottom:
In a split second, you’ve caved. You’ve sold your souls.
These men and women put on a uniform every single day and go into harm’s way – not knowing for sure that they’ll ever see their own families again. They’ve asked nothing of you.
You could have given them the greatest gift – love and support. But instead, you’ve chosen to be sheep.
A month ago, if you wanted to protest and demand that you be allowed to work again, you would have done so under the threat of arrest by Democrats.
But if you wanted to riot and throw bricks at the heads of police officers, that’s apparently perfectly acceptable.
And the very people keeping you and your family safe through all of this… are the ones under attack. As are the people who support them.
I’m embarrassed by what’s happening in this country. I’m sickened by how quickly the country has turned on the people who keep them safe.
And I’m terrified for what the next couple of months have in store.
None of this is about George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks.
It’s about 90 days of quarantine. Nearly three years of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
More riots will happen. Violence will escalate. And you’ll be screaming “how dare cops walk off the job”… having quickly forgotten that you were just screaming that we defund and abolish them.
This isn’t a damn video game. It’s not a sci-fi movie. This is life and death. This is your family. This is our country. Get your shit together, America – before it’s too late.
It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young. You can do anything. You’re invincible.
But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality.
It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.
I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.
By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry. My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.
By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. I’m not a police officer. I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do. I can give them a voice. I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.
That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America.
My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America. And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.
As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare. But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now. And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.
Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within. Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.
When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power. That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.
It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process. The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:
Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.
What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse. And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.
That brings me to the threat we face today.
Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.
American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966. The idea behind it is to overload the U. S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.
If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does. But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize. That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive. It’s poisoning the very roots of America.
And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:
We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders. Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.
At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement. It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement.
We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits. After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?
We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs. We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.
If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.
The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law. It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement. Divide the protectors… conquer a society.
Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.
Make cops the bad guys. Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy. Divide the supporters… conquer a society.
Make cops afraid to be cops. Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks. Don’t go after the criminals who attack them. When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat. Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated. That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged. Remove both their desire and their ability to police.
By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.
There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America. Do the math.
Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.
Own the media. Own Hollywood. Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system. Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right. Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.
Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy. Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.
Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them. Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down.
Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress. Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.
It’s happening right in front of our eyes. And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.
Want to save America? We need to start by understanding the enemy. And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.
In case you missed it… here’s a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know… and how LET is fighting back.
When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed.
A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.
Sadly, that time has come to an end. Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.
We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.
Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.
One such company, for example, is Inforce. They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others. Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.
They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.
“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products).
Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”
Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”
Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.
Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram. Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.
Think about this for a minute. Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.
When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic. It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship. And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.
We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear.
We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.
We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.
We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market. We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.
Now to the consumer side of things.
We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago. Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.
Not that there was anything offensive about it. We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more.
And from our perspective, that created a huge problem. We have some of the greatest warriors in the world. Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.
The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them. They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.
We needed to fix it. And so we are.
Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants. We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.
Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”. But the truth is, it’s so much more.
The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting.
The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre.
Survivors of the Dallas five killings.
The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis.
And so, so much more.
The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail. We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.
On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.
We have a problem in society. Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy. But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.
We’ll soon be launching a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C. O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors. We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.
On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.
The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku will be launching soon.
We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.
If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today. I can be reached at [email protected]
We will not be silenced. You shouldn’t be either.
God bless you all, and God bless America.
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