WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing federal government workers including tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officials, today condemned recent attacks and threats of violence against law enforcement and government officials.
AFGE National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement:
“Threats of violence, intimidation, and physical attacks against law enforcement and government officials have no place in civil society.
“Our society is grounded in the rule of law. While every American is guaranteed the right to free expression, the right to criticize their government, the right to protest, and the right to the presumption of innocence and due process, no American is above the law.
“Attempts to influence the legal process through intimidation, violence, and terror undermine the rule of law, compromise the security of law enforcement and government officials, and make all Americans less safe.
“To preserve the rule of law and protect the safety of the 700,000 government workers we represent, political leaders must tone down their overheated rhetoric and allow federal law enforcement officials to perform their jobs free from political interference.”