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NEPA News - Police union battles candidate over stance on Mumia Abu-Jamal
Fraternal Order of Police President Bobby Eddis posted a letter on the organization's Web site telling its 14,600 members not to support the candidacy of U.S. Rep.
"We will not endorse this gentleman under any circumstances," Eddis
told the Philadelphia Daily News
said the union was also upset that Fattah did not support a House resolution earlier this year condemning the French town of Saint-Denis for naming a street after Abu-Jamal.
Philadelphia Daily News | 06/02/2006 | Gar Joseph | Acting like a hot dog might have helped Fumo
While Dicker ponders, Fraternal Order of Police President Bobby Eddis says he's committed to running for a Council at Large seat.Eddis, 52, head of the police union since 2002, thinks the cops need a voice on Council.
Public safety is his
chief issue and he'd convene a meeting of everyone with a vested interest in the issue and "start at ground zero" on ways to cut city crime.
The Wissinoming native also says jobs and education will be key issues his
Robert Eddis, 501(c)(4) is a long time police officer and former president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5, and is currently the Chief of Staff at Lodge 5.
His connections to law enforcement agencies across the state are an essential part of our outreach in that area.
Sylvester Johnson, who served more than ...
Sylvester Johnson, who served more than six years as Police Commissioner of Philadelphia, endorsed Grace's candidacy, along with Bob Eddis, the past President of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Former Commissioner Johnson and Mr. Eddis both served in their law enforcement leadership positions at a time when Joe served the City as Communications Director, and interacted with him on a near-daily basis.
Eddis, who served as President of Lodge 5 of the FOP from 2002 to 2007, and is known as an aggressively independent advocate for the rank and file police force, noted that he knows Joe's record on law enforcement issues from his work for the City as well as his work as executive director of CeaseFirePA, the state's leading gun violence prevention organization, for the past three years.
"I've been involved with law enforcement in Philadelphia for 35 years," Eddis
said, "and I know Joe as a passionate advocate not only for gun violence prevention and stronger gun laws - but as a public official and advocate who always stands up for the rank-and-file Philadelphia police officer on the streets.
"I can honestly say there isn't a stronger advocate for police and against gun violence in the state of Pennsylvania than Joe Grace
, and I'm proud to endorse him for Philadelphia City
"Former Commissioner Johnson and Bob Eddis are men who understand policing and who understand what it takes to prevent gun violence and to go after gun criminals.
The Philadelphia Tribune - News Story
Robert V. Eddis, president of Philadelphia Lodge of the Fraternal Order of the Police, says the FOP will actively oppose Fattah's candidacy for mayor."While we thank the congressman for his vote Wednesday, the original discussion we had in my office was the exact opposite of how he voted," Eddis said Friday."He did not sign on in support of the bill when it was introduced last April, and he was the only Pennsylvania congressman who did not. Eddis
sees Fattah making the controversy into a "death penalty issue," when he
regards it as a simple matter of honoring a convicted cop-killer.
"It would be the same thing if they named a street in San Francisco after Charles Manson," Eddis
said."Our organization was hoping for full support of the resolution in honor of law enforcement officers going out every day and risking their lives for the city."
Despite his vote for the resolution, Eddis
says the FOP does not feel Fattah supports the police.