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FROM THE GRAND LODGE . . .
STATEMENT OF FOP NATIONAL PRESIDENT ON MOST RECENT CUTS TO THE ASSET FORFEITURE FUND
Early last month, Congress passed and the President signed a historic
two-year budget deal which mapped out the fiscal priorities of the Federal
government. In order to pay for the new budget deal, the legislation
imposed a permanent rescission or cut, in the Asset Forfeiture Fund (AFF)
managed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The AFF is funded by
Federal task forces, in which many State and local agencies participate,
who seize the assets of criminals and their organizations. The fund is
shared with those agencies who participate in these task forces and make
these seizures possible through an equitable sharing program.
The budget deal imposed a cut of $746 million dollars on the AFF--a
considerable sum. While a significant blow, the cut did not immediately
jeopardize the equitable sharing program. However, the recent omnibus
appropriations act–which was negotiated behind closed doors and passed
before anyone had the opportunity to read the massive bill–contained an
additional rescission of $458 million. This reduction was completely
unforeseen by the U.S. Department of Justice and the law enforcement
community and it has completely disrupted the program.
This $1.2 billion cut–made in the pace of a single month--to the AFF has
forced the DOJ to temporarily suspend the equitable sharing program. The
Department is looking within to find the resources to keep the program
operating and will issue a statement and guidance to its State and local
partners in the near future.
The FOP has been focused on opposing legislative efforts to end the
equitable sharing program and enable criminals and their organizations to
better protect their ill-gotten gains. In fact, we were the only law
enforcement organization to testify before Congress in support of the
equitable sharing program. Other law enforcement organizations were
mostly absent from this debate and the FOP faced considerable heat and
pressure from both sides of the aisle who were focused on ending the
equitable sharing program. We worked with allies like Senator Jeff
Sessions (R-AL) to slow down these efforts and we will continue to work
with the DOJ and other law enforcement stakeholder groups to find some
way–anyway–to keep this program afloat.
This Congress continues to inflict terrible cuts and reductions to State
and local law enforcement agencies, compromising our homeland and hometown
security at a time when the threat level is on the rise. Federal task
forces, whose success depends on the participation of State and local law
enforcement officer, will begin to collapse as these agencies will no
longer be able to contribute manpower and resources to these efforts if
there is no way to recoup part of the cost of that participation.
I want to assure our members that the FOP is very much engaged on this
issue and is working to address this issue on the Hill and with the Administration.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: TIM RICHARDSON
2 NOVEMBER 2015
FOP Calls on Members to Boycott Tarantino
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on the organization’s members to boycott Mr. Quentin Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight, which is scheduled to be released later this year. In addition, the FOP is advising its members not to accept assignments or perform off-duty work, such as providing security, traffic control or technical assistance to any project involving Mr. Tarantino.
“For a man who has built his career on glorifying criminal violence, we take great offense to his recent comments calling law enforcement officers ‘murderers’ just days after an actual murder of a New York City Police Officer,” Canterbury said.
The FOP has urged its 2300 lodges and 330,000 members to boycott Mr. Tarantino’s latest project in reaction to his inflammatory remarks describing law enforcement officers as “murderers” while attending an anti-police rally. Canterbury sent a letter to the Weinstein Company informing them of the reasons the FOP would be boycotting the film.
“If Mr. Tarantino truly wished to be on “the side of the murdered,” he would speak in defense of Officer Holder and the 37 other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. Thirty-eight dead police officers may not be much of a body count for a Tarantino film, but to the brave men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police, it is far too many,” Canterbury said.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000 members.
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