The MLK County Labor Council Votes to Purge the Seattle Police Officers Guild
By Steve Pomper
For today’s American police officer, the hits just keep coming. We’re all familiar with the recent onslaught against the cops by politicians, media, corporations, entertainment, academia, and even small businesses to cease associating with anything law enforcement.
I’m going to wonder out loud here, if we were to take a look at the 911 call histories of these industries and their executives, management, and employees how many times they’ve called 911 for police to respond to their places of business and residences. I’m guessing… a lot.
Well, add to that list the MLK Labor Council in Seattle, Washington. MLK Labor is essentially a union comprised of unions, which just voted to purge from its rolls a union comprised of police officers—because they are police officers and because they had the audacity to refuse to admit their membership is racist. According to Q13 Fox, MLK Labor passed a motion to “remove the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) from their membership.”
This was no small vote. It involved over 150 unions with more than 100,000 members. The Seattle Times reported the results were “45,435 delegates voting in favor of the removal against 36,760 in opposition.” These politically woke lemmings should be ashamed. Oh, I know they’re not because they’d actually have to know and accept the reality of the issue to feel shame.
As much as I am not a fan of labor unions, generally, I belonged to SPOG for over two decades. Still, being a representative of King County labor groups, I knew MLK Labor likely leaned left, but having a police union among them at least showed some open-mindedness. But I wasn’t aware the organization was headed by such anti-cop bullies. Although, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Today, it’s socially acceptable. Hell, it’s become a mainstream requirement to hate on the cops.
The council’s executive secretary, Treasurer Nicole Grant, gave a statement to Fox News. A portion of it went like this, “Any union that is part of our labor council needs to be actively working to dismantle racism in their institution and society at large. Unfortunately, the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has failed to do that work and are no longer welcome in our council.
“Since the killing of George Floyd, communities of color in Seattle and around the United States have spoken loud and clear that the status quo will no longer be tolerated,” she added. “We have listened to our community and responded by doing the right thing.” No objective data exists to support these sinister assertions.
And what is the “right thing,” these days? Purging a police from a community organization simply because they are the police looks a lot like a Marxist purge, doesn’t it? However, those leftists participating in this purge should read their history. Often, these movements eventually consume their own members. Just ask Leon Trotsky, often called the “intellectual architect of the Russian Revolution.” While hiding out in Mexico City, he was killed with an ice axe by a Soviet assassin. Ouch!
And where is MLK Labor’s Nicole Grant’s evidence of institutional racism in the SPD? It seems to be the cops are racist just because they’re cops? No, really. She only issues an amorphous slander, accusing SPOG members of being racists without any objective evidence. With activists today, all that is necessary is the “right” people call you racist, and poof, you are magically racist, especially if you say you’re not, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.
It’s similar to the Salem Witch Trials: If you admitted you were a witch (racist), well, they believed you were a witch (racist). But if you denied you were a witch (racist), you were obviously lying, and they believed you were a witch (racist). Either way, same results: your witch (racist) ass is about to become charred embers in some fanatic’s execution pyre.
So, apparently, people choosing to believe anti-cop myths and to disassociate themselves with cops by telling lies constitutes “doing the right thing.” Frankly, I’m glad SPOG is out. Police organizations should not be expected to deal with unreasonable people who care so little for the truth and so much for a warped ideology.
The people at MLK Labor, especially its leadership, have the ability to research the actual numbers regarding various types of police involvement with black people and all people. The numbers simply don’t bear out the police abuse myth—it’s not even close, but they don’t care. The anti-police bandwagon is careening too fast to stop now, and the cop-haters just need to hang on tight.
Recently, Officer Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, appeared on The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH 770. Officer Solan told Rantz that SPOG participated in a resolution brought by MLK Labor, met their demands for cooperation, but he concluded MLK Labor was not being reasonable.
He said leaders of that organization continue to refer to SPOG as a racist organization, and they wanted SPOG to lie and admit their members were racist and “needs to be actively working to dismantle racism in their institution and society at large.” By the way, that “racism” as defined by modern-day witch hunters. You cannot reason with unreasonable people.
Officer Solan tried to keep a positive view of the future. He expressed a desire to work along with unions who did not vote to purge the police from the MLK Labor. He returned to the theme that police officers are human beings just like other union members. As far as I can see, that is not something that organization’s leadership wants to believe. Cops as human beings just doesn’t fit their preferred narrative. And make no mistake, it is a false narrative, and they prefer it because if they don’t, their comrades will make them suffer, too.
Want to bet if you asked Ms. Grant about how Michael Brown died in Ferguson, Missouri, she’d give you the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that a police officer shot him while he was giving up. This, even though we learned from the Obama/Holder Justice Department that “hands up, don’t shoot” never happen. Maybe I’m wrong about Ms. Grant. I hope so, but based on her words and her likely vote to purge the police, I’m probably right.