FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to retired and active law enforcement personnel at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge during a campaign stop in Statesville, N.C. The endorsement by a national police organization for Trump has exposed a divide within the ranks of law enforcement: Can they support someone who calls himself the law-and-order candidate, but was caught on tape bragging about sexually predatory behavior toward women? And what about his antagonizing the very minority communities that police agencies need to win over amid turmoil over police shootings of unarmed black men? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (AP)

Donald Trump is causing a rift among cops who don't want to support a racist alleged sexual predator

The Atlanta police union is having second thoughts about its endorsement


Lisa Marie Pane
October 14, 2016 3:15PM (UTC)

ATLANTA — A national police organization's endorsement of Donald Trump has exposed a divide within the ranks of law enforcement.

Some officers are asking if the group should support someone who calls himself the law-and-order candidate, but was caught on tape bragging about sexually predatory behavior toward women.

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They also worry that Trump's campaign has antagonized the very minority communities that police agencies need to win over amid turmoil over police shootings of unarmed black men.

The national Fraternal Order of Police issued the endorsement last month. The largest law enforcement association says Trump won the endorsement because he's the one candidate who takes time to understand the issues facing men and women in uniform.

Some officers, particularly African-Americans, are now are questioning whether Trump is worthy of the endorsement.


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