It is wrong for a president to make a partisan political speech with officers in back of him. What are we? A police state?
President Barack Obama is back in Colorado Wednesday to pressure Congress to pass federal gun control measures similar to those recently passed in the Centennial State.
7News reports that Denver police officer John Akins wrote this on his Facebook page:
Today, President Obama and Governor (John) Hickenlooper are going to use the Denver Police Academy as a prop to push a political agenda. That hangar, the badge hanging on the wall, and the officers standing in the crowd will now be forever attached to the agenda of a political party and it’s push to strip Americans of their rights.
Akins is not alone in his criticism of the president and the gun control legislation he’s pushing. CBS4 reports that Denver police officer Wade Davis posted this message on Facebook earlier in the week:
Obama is coming to our city, using the DPD’s Academy as a stage in order to push his legislation violating the second amendment. Truly a sad day for this department, city and state.
Denver officer Danny Veith also was critical of Obama’s visit, writing this on Facebook:
I am thinking about being on the sidewalk outside the Academy, on Wednesday, holding a sign that says something like “I’m a Real Cop Supporting the 2nd Amendment.” Anyone want to join me?
Veith also told The Denver Post that that he’s concerned the Denver Police Department is being used "as a vehicle for partisan political influence."