Philadelphia chapter of National Black Police Association backs Democratic nominee
Civil rights lawyer and candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner has won the endorsement of the Guardian Civic League, which represents more than 2000 Philadelphia police officers. The announcement was made Tuesday at noon at the League’s headquarters on West Girard Avenue.
“We have always been on the side of the fight for our civil rights,” said Rochelle Bilal, president of the League. “The Political Action Committee of the Guardian Civic League formally endorses and supports Democratic nominee Larry Krasner for District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia.”
“The Guardian Civic League has not just stood up for the rights of African Americans and people of color, it has stood up for the rights of all people,” Krasner said. “I look forward to working closely with the Guardian Civic League and with the rank and file of police. I am a huge fan of good police officers and I will stand by them. Like good police officers, the Guardian Civic League stands for equality and it stands for what’s right, and that is what I stand for as well.”
The Guardian Civic League of Philadelphia is the local chapter of the National Black Police Association. It was founded in 1956 to bring together members of the Philadelphia Police Department who were interested in civic betterment through close cooperation between police and the communities they serve.
In addition to holding training classes for officers and organizing police-community outreach events, the League has publicly criticized the excessive use of force by Philadelphia police officers and spoken out against racial discrimination within the police department.
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