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EMERGENCY: Your Rights At Risk

CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TODAY

 
The New York State Legislature is poised to take up a package of anti-police bills within the next few days. These bills are designed to destroy the morale of law enforcement, diminish our rights and standing in the community and expose us to increased risk, both on and off the job.

We need EVERY SINGLE PBA MEMBER & FAMILY MEMBER to contact their Assembly Member and State Senator TODAY. Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Highlight and copy the relevant letter template below. The first template in the red box is for use by police officers; the second template in the blue box is for use by police family members.

Step 2: Using the links on the PBA's "Find Your Representatives" page, locate the official website for your New York State Assembly Member and State Senator.

Step 3: Find the "Contact Us" page and paste the letter into their contact form. If they have a Facebook or Twitter page listed, you can also send the letter as a comment or direct message.
 

Subject: A message from a New York City police officer

Honorable [LEGISLATOR'S NAME]:

I am a constituent and a New York City police officer. 

I am very tired. 

I have been working around the clock, with no days off, to protect my city. I have protected the right of peaceful demonstrators to make their voices heard. I have protected all peace-loving New Yorkers from violent rioters and looters whose only goal is chaos.

Instead of thanks for my service, I have been called a “pig” and a “murderer.” I have had bottles, rocks and bricks thrown at me. I have seen police vehicles firebombed. I have seen dozens of my sister and brother police officers hauled away in ambulances. I have listened to a steady stream of hatred directed at my profession by politicians, celebrities and the media.

And now I understand that you and your colleagues in the New York State Legislature are considering a package of bills that will destroy the morale of law enforcement, diminish our rights and standing in the community and expose us to increased risk, both on and off the job.

My labor union has already written to you to share our concerns with this process. I am adding my voice as an individual police officer and constituent to urge you to slow down and consider my rights and safety before passing these bills.

I made a choice to serve my community. I do that by enforcing our laws – the laws that you, the Legislature, pass – and putting myself in harms’ way to keep my fellow New Yorkers safe. I continue to do that job with pride.  But I am nearing the breaking point.

I ask you: when police officers are an object of universal hatred, when our rights are stripped away and our safety and our families’ safety are unnecessarily put at risk, who will continue to do
this job?

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]


Subject: A message from a police family member

Honorable [LEGISLATOR'S NAME]:

I am a constituent and a family member of a New York City police officer. 

I am very tired. 

I have been enduring long days and sleepless nights while the police officer I love works around the clock, with no days off, to protect New York City. I have been living in fear of the moment every police family dreads: the flashing lights, the knock on the door, and the words, “You have to get to the hospital. We have a car waiting.”

I have been watching the news. I have heard police officers called “pigs” and “murderers.”  I have seen bottles, rocks and bricks thrown at them.  I have seen police vehicles firebombed. Every time there is a picture of a police officer being loaded into an ambulance, I look closely to make sure it’s not the police officer I love.

And now I understand that you and your colleagues in the New York State Legislature are considering a package of bills that will destroy the morale of law enforcement, diminish their rights and standing in the community and expose them to increased risk, both on and off the job.

The labor union representing my family member has has already written to you to share their concerns with this process. I am adding my voice as a police family member and constituent to urge you to slow down and consider my loved one's rights and safety before passing these bills.

My loved one made a choice to serve my community. Our family did not make the choice, but we serve alongside them. We are proud of our police officer, but we are nearing the breaking point.

I ask you: when police officers are an object of universal hatred, when their rights are stripped away and their safety and their families’ safety are unnecessarily put at risk, who will allow their loved ones to do this job?

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]