The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the nation’s largest police union and an organization that calls itself the “voice of our nation’s law enforcement officers,” recently released its list of asks for the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency and they’re pretty expansive in their awfulness.
The FOP estimates its total membership at more than 325,000 officers across 2100 local chapters. The organization stated mission is to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve, but the group regularly wades into politics (they endorsed Donald Trump for president in September) and its wish list for the Trump administration is an example of the FOP’s mixed agenda.
The FOP outlined 15 actions it would like Donald Trump to take as president through executive order. The list isn’t long but the actions it proposes are significant. Essentially, the FOP is calling for Trump to increase funding for police departments, give them more power to profile citizens and restore their access to military weapons and vehicles.
The FOP, oddly, also seems to have an interest in immigration policy, asking for an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the deportation of noncitizens who were brought to the U.S. as children. In addition, the FOP is asking for expansion of the Immigration and Nationality Act section 287(g), which essentially allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputize state and local law enforcement agencies to police immigration. It also wants an end to federal aid for “sanctuary cities.”
Not stopping there, The FOP requested that the Trump administration again freeze the United States' thawing relations with Cuba until the island nation returns “copkillers” (SIC) “harbored” there (they’re gunning for Assata Shakur.) It’s also asking for the federal government to reverse its decision to end its use of private prisons, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and ban immigration from “terrorist-prone” areas.
In a twist, the FOP also wants more federal research into medical marijuana and for “Federal law enforcement agencies to not pursue violations of Federal drug laws."
So, there you have it. If the police have their way, the next four years will see militarized police departments going after people they expect to be immigrants, more private prisons, but lots of weed everywhere.