Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
I have read all of the emails from not only some of the MTOA board members, but from other Law Enforcement & Military personnel about Barack Obama's rudeness and what seems to be disgust for basically anyone in uniform. Well, it's my turn to add to the list of emailers and here it is:
Some members of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, and other local agencies inside Calhoun County were working with Secret Service in the security of
Mr. Obama's bus arrived in Battle Creek and pulled into the stadium area. Before
So, everyone from MSP, Sheriff's Dept., and other agencies looks at each other for a second, go and stand behind the bus out of sight so
At a time of war and terrorism in our world, this presidential candidate who is being protected by various branches of the military & law enforcement at the tax payers expense, refuses to acknowledge, be seen with, have in his photographed background, any type of Military or Law Enforcement in uniform.
But this is not in the media or headlines in the news. Why? I wonder what the story or media frenzy would be if it was Muslims, blacks, whites, Jews, or any other race, gender, religion, and/or occupation, that
Why would Law Enforcement branches make this up?
Law Enforcement traditionally has had more funding under Democrats.
Just food for thought leading up to November 4th.
Jason Kern, Michigan Tactical Officer's Association Executive Board Member Training Committee
Origins: Claims about Democratic candidates shunning
The e-mailed item quoted above is similarly themed, positing that during a
The e-mail's author, Jason Kern, later acknowledged that he was not present at the event in Battle Creek; he was passing along second- or third-hand information gleaned from other law enforcement personnel
I sent it out to my close co-workers and to the Michigan Tactical Officer's Association Board Members only. From there, it was sent all over this earth without my knowledge. I do NOT work for the Michigan State Police. I work for another agency. The MTOA nor myself make a habit of sending out emails like this. It was basically sent to my friends and one of them sent it out to someone else who sent it out to someone else and so on.
I also WAS NOT THERE. I had spoken with Law Enforcement personnel that their agency was involved with
If I offended you, I apologize. That is all the information I have on the visit to Battle Creek.
The e-mail in question alleges that Obama told Secret Service agents to move all officers behind the campaign bus so that he would not be seen with anyone in uniform. "That is wholeheartedly an untruth," Saylor said. "It was not an Obama call, it was a Secret Service call," made in the interests of security, he said. Saylor said the department's leadership sent its own memo to staff and officers debunking the claims after the
In the memo, Hampton also said Obama's campaign staff "advised that they have nothing but respect for law enforcement and were extremely concerned about the misinformation circulating."
I was not in attendance at the event in question and can not speak about what transpired there. The MTOA does not get involved in politics; we had absolutely no representation at that event, or any other political rally. Officer Kern was on-scene at the event representing the police agency he is employed with; he was NOT representing the MTOA.
The email in question was NOT an official MTOA correspondence.
Michigan Tactical Officers Association
Berman, Laura. "Bogus Campaign E-Mails Heat Up." The Detroit News 21 October 2008. Trowbridge, Gordon. "Debunking a Rumor: Obama and Police in Battle Creek." The Detroit News 9 September 2008. Battle Creek Enquirer. "Police Say Obama Didn't Slight Them." 11 September 2008.