Today, AFGE announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. It is a decision that will please many of its members, but will displease a lot of Border Patrol agents.
Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents more than 16,500 men and women who protect our nation’s borders, expressed their outrage at Quentin Tarantino, who last Saturday joined a New York protest of police brutality and called police “murderers.”
The Hollywood filmmaker’s words and actions are “a disgusting and dangerous insult” to all law enforcement officers, said NBPC president Brandon Judd. The Border Patrol, he pointed out, is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies.
“We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” Judd said. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?”
The NBPC is proud to join the nation’s five largest police unions, all of which have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s work, including his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.”
Judd said he agrees wholeheartedly with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which issued a statement saying "Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level.”
It is unfortunate that after three years and after being investigated by multiple local, state and federal agencies and then returned to the field to work, Agent Lonnie Swartz is now facing criminal charges.
As the union that represents the men and women of the Border Patrol, we are there with steady support for Agent Swartz as he fights these accusations. To help ensure that he receives a fair trial, we are providing him with excellent, experienced legal counsel. He will be well represented and given every opportunity to tell his story in a court of law.
Sadly, our agents and all law enforcement officers operate in a world of political agendas and armchair quarterbacking. But our jobs are dangerous and the decisions we make every day determine if we will return home safely to our families. We ask the public to withhold judgment about Agent Swartz while the legal process unfolds.
As for the union, we believe that until proven otherwise Agent Swartz is innocent of these charges. We stand with him and his family during this difficult time.
On Decmber 15, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered while conducting operations against rip crews in southern Arizona. His murder shocked the nation, devastated his family, and left a wound on the US Border Patrol.
This week, suspects in Terry's murder will be tried in Tucson. His family will be forced to relive the pain and suffering they endured in the aftermath of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they seek to claim some small piece of justice. No trial or prison sentence will ever fill the void that exists in their family. Our support for them and for Brian Terry will never waver.
The National Border Patrol Council exists to "protect those who protect our borders." Brian Terry laid down his life to protect his teammates, his community, and his nation on that fatefull night. We are grateful for his courage, we mourn his loss, and we will not forget him. Honor First.