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Claim: Barack Obama shunned law enforcement personnel by asking them remain out of view before a campaign event in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
Origins: Claims about Democratic candidates shunning
The e-mailed item quoted above is similarly themed, positing that during a
The e-mail's author, Jason Kern, later acknowledged that he was not present at the event in Battle Creek; he was passing along second- or third-hand information gleaned from other law enforcement personnel
Let me give you some background of this email.And as the Detroit News reported, although law enforcement officers were asked by the Secret Service to exit the campaign bus, that decision was not made at the behest of Senator Obama or his campaign, nor was it made because the candidate did "not want to be seen" with police around him:
I sent it out to my close co-workers and to the Michigan Tactical Officer's Association Board Members only. From there, it was sent all over this earth without my knowledge. I do NOT work for the Michigan State Police. I work for another agency. The MTOA nor myself make a habit of sending out emails like this. It was basically sent to my friends and one of them sent it out to someone else who sent it out to someone else and so on.
I also WAS NOT THERE. I had spoken with Law Enforcement personnel that their agency was involved with
If I offended you, I apologize. That is all the information I have on the visit to Battle Creek.
Battle Creek Police Cmdr. James Saylor told The News that he was the on-site supervisor for the department during the rally, at the city'sThe Battle Creek Enquirer reported similarly:
The e-mail in question alleges that Obama told Secret Service agents to move all officers behind the campaign bus so that he would not be seen with anyone in uniform. "That is wholeheartedly an untruth," Saylor said. "It was not an Obama call, it was a Secret Service call," made in the interests of security, he said. Saylor said the department's leadership sent its own memo to staff and officers debunking the claims after the
[Deputy Chief Jackie] Hampton said in a memo to the department that the decision to move the officers was made by a Secret Service agent, and, according to the Secret Service, "the agent made a mistake. He was very apologetic and sincerely appreciated our agency's assistance."The president of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association (MTOA) offered an apology for the
In the memo, Hampton also said Obama's campaign staff "advised that they have nothing but respect for law enforcement and were extremely concerned about the misinformation circulating."
As the President of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association, I send you my sincerest apology for any misunderstandings of Officer Jason Kern's email may have caused. Officer Kern's comments are in no way a representation of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association. The MTOA is aLast updated: 31 October 2008
I was not in attendance at the event in question and can not speak about what transpired there. The MTOA does not get involved in politics; we had absolutely no representation at that event, or any other political rally. Officer Kern was on-scene at the event representing the police agency he is employed with; he was NOT representing the MTOA.
The email in question was NOT an official MTOA correspondence.
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