The top of the union representing 4,000 New York State Police Troopers – a workforce overseen by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo — is backing Republican President Trump’s re-election bid.
“Donald Trump has our again. President Trump has supported us when so many individuals have turned towards us,” NYS Troopers PBA president Thomas Mungeer instructed the Publish on the eve of the Republican Nationwide Conference.
“Joe Biden supported cops prior to now however he’s turned his again on us,” mentioned Mungeer, referring to the previous vice chairman and Democratic presidential nominee who’s taking up Trump within the Nov. three common election.
Mungeer’s endorsement of Trump comes simply ten days after New York Metropolis PBA president Patrick Lynch personally threw his union’s help behind Trump at an occasion with the president at his Bedminster, N.J. golf membership.
The underside line, Mungeer mentioned, is that Democrats have swung too far to the left on prison justice points – leaning within the path of prison defendants on the expense of cops and law-abiding residents.
He mentioned the anti-law enforcement shift began earlier than the protests and violence that erupted following the police brutality loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis however has accelerated since then, together with throughout the nationwide Democratic Occasion. The current crime spike in New York and different city areas wasn’t particularly mentioned throughout final week’s Democratic Nationwide Conference.
“Biden has taken anti-police stands that pander to his base,” Mungeer mentioned.
He cited one concern particularly that separates Trump from Biden.
Trump helps preserving certified immunity, the doctrine that shields cops from being sued civilly for misconduct. Biden has mentioned he needs to reform the immunity doctrine.
“Nobody goes to need to develop into a cop if he faces frivolous lawsuits,” Mungeer mentioned.
Mungeer mentioned “we don’t agree with what occurred in Minnesota” and “we don’t need dangerous cops on the power.”
However Mungeer mentioned it’s fallacious to use one horrible incident and switch it right into a broader “anti-police” motion and demonize all cops as abusers.
“We had been all grouped collectively as dangerous,” he mentioned.
He claimed actions taken by New York Democratic lawmakers have hindered or slighted regulation enforcement — significantly citing New York’s bail reform regulation that took impact earlier this yr. He additionally famous the Cuomo-appointed Parole Board is releasing extra convicted murderers – together with cop killers.
“My members have been significantly handcuffed from doing their jobs,” Mungeeer mentioned.
“It’s the people who find themselves going to endure. The individuals who want us essentially the most. The silent majority helps regulation enforcement however they’ve been silent for too lengthy,” he mentioned.
Mungeer has been crucial of how Democratic leaders in Albany and Metropolis Corridor have dealt with prison justice points.
He mentioned he has maintained a “respectable rapport” with Cuomo over contractual points. Nonetheless, he despatched a letter to the governor in June complaining that Cuomo supplied “zero help” by not addressing assaults directed at troopers throughout the early protests following Floyd’s loss of life.
The Police Benevolent Affiliation of NYS Troopers additionally sued New York Metropolis for approving a controversial new regulation that criminalizes cops kneeling on a suspect’s again. Mungeer beforehand known as for the 200 State Police Officers assigned to metropolis element to be pulled out, after calling the native regulation a “ill-conceived, knee-jerk response by lawmakers.”