The National Association of Police Officers, a lobbying group that says it represents more than 241,000 officers nationwide, endorsed President Trump for a second term this week. This comes after the association had supported Joe Biden, in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

“Our endorsement recognizes your steadfast and very public support for our men and women on the front lines, especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many,” the group’s president, Michael McHale, wrote in a letter sent to President Trump. 

“We particularly value you directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” he wrote.

The group, which represents more than 1,000 police unions and 241,000 sworn officers, did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. However, it did endorse the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012.

The National Association of Police Officers has spent $160,000 a year on lobbying every year between 2008 and 2019, according to Open Secrets. It has spent $40,000 so far in 2020. This includes lobbying efforts aimed at the White House and the Department of Justice.

The Trump campaign has recently released political advertisements attacking Biden as weak on violent crime and warning voters that “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

Biden has said a militarization of police is what is truly dangerous to American citizens.

“The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood,” he said. “It’s like the military invading. They don’t know anybody. They become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people.”

“The radical politicians are waging war on innocent Americans,” Trump said this week. “If that’s what you want for a country, you probably have to vote for Sleepy Joe Biden because he doesn’t know what’s happening, but you are not going to have that with me.”

Biden has not endorsed an outright defunding of police departments across the country, but he has said that systemic racism in law enforcement needs to be addressed.

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