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Pa. State Troopers demand apology from Governor Wolf

by: Tyler Galaskas

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — David Kennedy, President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, issued a statement Monday saying Governor Wolf insulted his officers in a letter to all state employees regarding Juneteenth.

Wolf’s letter started as an official statement designating Friday, June 18th as a special holiday for state employees. Wolf signed legislation in 2019 making June 19th, known as Juneteenth, an official annual observance in Pennsylvania.

He then went on to state “Juneteenth is a celebration of the progress we have made as a nation towards equality and justice for all. Sadly, the continued death of African Americans at the hands of police and rise in violent attacks against Asian Americans are painful reminders that racism and intolerance are still with us today. This Juneteenth we have an opportunity to unite against injustice and create lasting change that will make Pennsylvania and our nation a better place for everyone.”

Kennedy responded to Wolf Monday, stating that Wolf using a few examples of police brutality to insult all officers during National Police Week, which was recognized from May 8 to May 15.

“Let me be clear: Pennsylvania state troopers support the Juneteenth holiday. But for Gov. Wolf to use his platform to further push a false narrative that police are racist murderers is nothing less than the worst kind of political pandering. It only serves to further divide our nation at the expense of officers who already work incredibly dangerous jobs,” said Kennedy in his response.

“And to do it during National Police Week is nothing less than symbolically spitting in the faces of all police officers and troopers who have given everything. And for their families, this insult rips open a fresh wound.”

Kennedy claims that State Troopers asked Wolf for masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and were told they couldn’t get them, even while the stockpile of PPE grew at the Farm Show Complex.

“Gov. Wolf, you owe all law enforcement officers, troopers and their loved ones an apology. A real apology,” Kennedy said.

FULL STATEMENT FROM DAVID KENNEDY, PRESIDENT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION:

We ask for little in return: A fair wage, good benefits, and support from our employers and the communities we proudly serve.

 

Over the past year, we’ve taken the high road, even as we’ve been spit on for the actions of a few. Troopers stood the line protecting people’s rights to protest us. Even Gov. Tom Wolf marched in protest in Harrisburg against law enforcement, while troopers surrounded him to make sure he was safe. One of those troopers even contracted COVID-19. We stayed silent and conducted ourselves with dignity and professionalism because we are the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Gov. Wolf failed to protect us during the pandemic, even though our members went to work every day. We asked for masks but were told they couldn’t get them. So, our union went out and got them. We asked for vaccines since troopers encountered COVID-positive people every day, but the governor ignored us. He made smokers a priority. Teachers, many who worked from home, were then made a priority. We lost a trooper to this virus in a station parking lot, and never heard from this governor. He offered no thanks for the trooper’s sacrifice. To this day, the Wolf administration never did anything to ensure troopers received vaccinations.

 

Yet, we keep working. We did our jobs because we are troopers, and that’s what we do.

 

But we will not remain silent when Gov. Wolf insulted law enforcement during the recent National Police Week, held May 8-15. The week is an annual observance when memorial events are held all across America to honor police officers who have sacrificed their lives. In our history, 99 Pennsylvania state troopers have died in the line of duty. Last year in the United States, 264 officers were killed. Thus far in 2021, 125 have died. Two officers in California were killed on March 10-11.

 

How did Gov. Wolf thank troopers and police officers for making the ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week?

 

On Friday, in a letter to all state employees in which he declared Juneteenth a holiday, he wrote: “Juneteenth is a celebration of the progress we have made as a nation towards equality and justice for all. Sadly, the continued death of African Americans at the hands of police … are painful reminders that racism and intolerance are still with us today.”

 

Let me be clear: Pennsylvania state troopers support the Juneteenth holiday. But for Gov. Wolf to use his platform to further push a false narrative that police are racist murderers is nothing less than the worst kind of political pandering. It only serves to further divide our nation at the expense of officers who already work incredibly dangerous jobs.

 

And to do it during National Police Week is nothing less than symbolically spitting in the faces of all police officers and troopers who have given everything. And for their families, this insult rips open a fresh wound.

 

That’s why I cannot and will not sit silent anymore.

 

I wonder why Gov. Wolf never says anything about the explosion in gun violence in cities like Philadelphia. Media accounts detail how the city will set a new record for homicides this year. In the first three months of 2021, 380 people were shot, including 40 children. Projections show police will likely make 3,000 arrests for illegal guns, but people are far less likely to be convicted. This creates what Philadelphia Police have said is a “revolving door” for repeat gun offenders. Bottom line, they aren’t afraid of being arrested.

 

It’s clear Gov. Wolf would rather play politics. We won’t.

 

Gov. Wolf, you owe all law enforcement officers, troopers and their loved ones an apology. A real apology.

Troopers want to have real conversations about moving forward together to benefit all residents of this great commonwealth. But we cannot have a real conversation as long as the leader of our commonwealth pits everyone against the police. This must end now.

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2 hours ago, old3dogg said:

Toddler Tom Wolf is a useless POS.

It befuddles me that people continue to vote for idiots like this.

I agree and tomorrow we have a chance to rein in this POS. Vote,  and vote FOR the two amendments that directly relate to the Governor's powers in disaster emergency declarations. #1 General Assembly can unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster declaration! #2 Emergency declaration will expire after 21 days unless the General Assembly extends the disaster emergency! Everyone can vote on these amendments, independents included.  A third relates to First Responder borrowing and a fourth is a equality rights question.

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"It certainly was not intended that way," Gov. Wolf apologizes to PSP for recent letter


by Nick Volturo and FOX56NEWSROOM 

 
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — "That was not the intent," said Governor Wolf today when asked about recent backlash he received from the PSP.

The Pennsylvania State Troopers demanded Governor Wolf apologize for allegedly insulting officers in a letter he sent to state employees.

President of the PA State Troopers Association, Dave Kennedy found the following sentence in the letter offensive towards PSP and police as a whole.

“The continued death of African Americans at the hands of police and rise in violent attacks against Asian Americans are painful reminders that racism and intolerance are still with us today “

When asked about the letter during a press conference in Wilkes-Barre, Wolf responded: "I did apologize and I'm sorry they took it that way."                                 SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;   https://wjactv.com/news/local/psp-demanding-apology-from-governor-wolf

"It certainly was not intended that way," he added.

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Pennsylvania State Troopers are demanding an apology from Governor Tom Wolf, claiming he insulted officers in a letter sent out to all state employees, regarding the Juneteenth holiday.

In a letter sent out on Friday – Governor Tom Wolf declared Friday, June 18th, a special holiday for state employees.

President of the PA State Troopers Association, Dave Kennedy, had no issue with the first part of the email.

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“Juneteenth is a celebration of the progress we have made as a nation toward equity and justice for all. That’s all perfect. “

But it was the sentence that followed, that Kennedy found offensive.

“The continued death of African Americans at the hands of police and rise in violent attacks against Asian Americans are painful reminders that racism and intolerance are still with us today “

The letter was sent out during National Police Week.

 
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“For him to send that out to every single state employee, it's callous, it's cold and it’s ignorant.“

We asked him if he thinks that was intentional, oblivious, or something a little in the middle. Kennedy didn’t hesitate to answer. “I think it was both. Intentional and oblivious. Intentional to the men and women that put a uniform on every single day," said Kennedy.

Kennedy accuses Governor Wolf of playing politics while insulting every state trooper.

“We also protected him during the riots last summer. Our guys were surrounding him so that he could march against us. He forgets all that stuff “

Kennedy is asking for a public apology on behalf of all state troopers and says he wants the Governor to reassure he’s got the policies back.

“Answer Fair wages, fair benefits, and our superior officers and governor that we work for every single day has our back and it just doesn’t feel like that way right now Nick. “

CBS 21 got this response from the Governor’s office. It reads in part.

The intent of the email was to acknowledge that there is still work to be done across the nation towards equality and justice for all. Law Enforcement officers play a vital role in protecting Pennsylvania citizens and supporting our communities, and we are sorry if anyone took offense to the message.

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