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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:48 AM

"National Police Association" - a right-wing lobbyist group that pretends to represent cops.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/truth-behind-national-police-association-shady-ideology/

Last month the National Police Association (NPA) filed an ethics complaint against Rachael Rollins, the new district attorney for Suffolk County, Massachusetts (who recently outlined her progressive policies to Filter).

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But beyond the complaint itself, media acceptance of the NPA as an actual law enforcement organization made up of police professionals deserves scrutiny.

I had never heard of the NPA in my 21 years working in law enforcement—nor in my last eight years as a speaker, board member and now chair of a law enforcement non-profit.* The NPA is not a traditional police labor union association like the Fraternal Order of Police, nor a professional organization, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Yet its name implies that it represents police professionals across the United States.

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I looked into the NPA’s corporate filings through the IRS website and also checked out the NPA’s website and online presence. It turns out that the NPA is a small non-profit that is less than two years old. It was incorporated first in the State of Delaware in early 2017, and then registered as a foreign corporation in Indiana. Its address in Indianapolis is simply a US Postal Service PO box.

According to the NPA’s 2017 federal tax filing, there are only three board members: President Ed Hutchinson, Secretary Brad Shaw and Treasurer Arnold Musungu.

A search of social media platforms shows that an Ed Hutchinson was previously a civilian staffer of the National Sheriffs Association. He is the only board member who has any apparent connection with policing that shows up online.

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The NPA’s website and social media accounts suggest that it is positioning itself as the latest iteration of the police identity movement. Its rhetoric mirrors some of the most radical police union leaders, with inflammatory language increasing divisions between law enforcement and communities of color.

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Surveys as Propaganda

NPA has also produced two “public opinion surveys,” one on illegal immigration and another on crime.

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The NPA clearly exists not to promote public safety, but as a political organization to push back against criminal justice reforms. As Fordham Law Professor John Pfaff noted in response to the NPA’s Rollins complaint, “this is a political move, not a legal one. The NPA is laying the groundwork for reaction.”

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:52 AM

1. No Wikipedia page on them...

...which seems unusual if this is truly a "national;" organization. More Russian ops/front?

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:18 AM

2. Sounds like we need to keep our eyes on these people.K&R n/t

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:29 AM

3. Make a great story for 60 Minutes.

Nothing better than sunshine to disinfect.

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