The New York City Police Benevolent Association (NYCPBA) announced on Friday it is backing President Trump’s re-election bid. The union represents 24,000 cops in the nation’s largest police department. This announcement came while Trump visited his brother, who is critically ill, in New York City.
Last month, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), an umbrella group that represents 1,000 police units and associations across the country, endorsed Trump. NAPO’S vice president is NYCPBA official John Flynn.
NYCPBA President Patrick Lynch said he could not remember a time in 36 years when the NYCPBA had endorsed any presidential candidate “until now.” “Many times, people say that a union like ours, law enforcement groups, give endorsements,” Lynch said to Trump. “Not in the NYCPBA sir. In the New York City PBA, you earn the endorsement and you’ve earned this endorsement. I’m proud to give it.”
Trump has strongly supported law enforcement officers across the U.S. in the face of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality. In June, Trump referred to himself as “your law and order president.” Trump’s administration has staunchly rejected the movement to defund police departments.
New York’s Democratic establishment, led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have backed laws that the union perceives as anti-cop. In July, the New York City Council approved $1 billion in budget cuts for the New York Police Department. Police groups and President Trump decried the move.