The tragic event in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon was yet another demonstration of the impossible situations our officers often find themselves in and illustrates that “split-second, life-or-death decisions” are all too real, and none of them are easy. The Columbus Police Department released body-worn camera footage to the public within hours of the incident. […]
The verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin has been reached. Our system of justice has worked as it should, with the prosecutors and defense presenting their evidence to the jury, which then deliberated and delivered a verdict. The trial was fair and due process was served. We hope and expect that all of our […]
As the jury considers the evidence presented in the trial of Derek Chauvin, we urge all Americans and members of all communities to remain calm and respectful of one another. The trial was conducted fairly and equitably, and it is vitally important that, even though we may differ on the ultimate verdict, we respect the […]
Our members are disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives has decided to send H.R. 1280, the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” directly to the floor—without Committee consideration or any real debate on meaningful amendments. This is the same bill that was unable to gain any traction in the previous Congress because there was […]
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the news that Representative Donald J. Bacon (R-NE) reintroduced the “LEOSA Reform Act” with Representative E.R. “Henry” Cuellar (D-TX). The bill, H.R. 1210, has two additional original cosponsors—Representatives John H. Rutherford (R-FL) and Peter A. Stauber (R-MN). “Law enforcement officers are targets—in uniform and […]
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the introduction of H.R. 962, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act,” a top legislative priority for the FOP. This legislation was introduced by Representatives William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA). “Due to […]
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, was surprised and pleased that the Fraternal Order of Police was awarded the DHS Secretary’s Partnership Award from Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
It has come to our attention that John Catanzara, President of FOP Lodge #7 in Chicago, suggested in a media interview that the violent mob of rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, and caused the death of a brother officer—U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick—and four other people, was understandable, peaceful and, except for trespassing, law-abiding.
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed the introduction of H.R. 82, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” in the U.S. House of Representatives and thanked the bill’s lead sponsors, Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A. Spanberger (DVA), for their swift action on this important bill.
The images coming in from the United State Capitol Building today are heartbreaking to every American. Lawlessness is not how Americans affect change in our great country. Today’s events demonstrate once again just how critical our law enforcement officers are to public safety and to ensuring the peaceful operation of our governments at every level. […]