The re-election of the sheriff who mastered in solidarity with BLM protesters in Orlando was revoked by the Florida Police Union.
- The Fraternal Order of Police voted unanimously on Tuesday to withdraw approval
- Orange County Sheriff John Mina mastered with BLM protesters last month
- He said he and Orlando police chief Orlando Rolón were asked by some young men to kneel in protest of solidarity with the BLM movement during the protest.
A Florida sheriff who took to the ground last month with Black Lives Matter protests has upheld his reelection by a Florida police union.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police who voted unanimously to withdraw the approval of Orange County Sheriff John Mina in his reelection offer on Tuesday.
A survey of members found that a majority of respondents complained of low morale, and many said they believed Mina would not support them if they were involved in a violent case that went public, according to Fox 35.
A number of Sheriff Mina deputies were disappointed when he took a knee – a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating against police brutality and racial injustice.
“You knelt down with the same protesters / rioters who hurled insults and stones at us for your own political gain,” read a comment in the survey.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina (photo left-left with a knee next to Orlando police chief Orlando Rolón and Black Lives Matter protesters last month) lost his re-election by the Fraternal Order of Police after the action
Mina reportedly took to the knee with demonstrations in Orlando protesting police brutality and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being held by Minneapolis police officers.
The four officers involved – Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, James Kueng and Thomas Lane – have since been fired and are being prosecuted.
In a statement by Mina, he said that he and the Orlando police chief, Orlando Rolón, were asked by a group of young protesters who asked them to kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The two young gentlemen asked us to kneel and we said,” Well, why don’t we kneel and pray? Mina said. Fox news.
“And we did, and I think that was a great message not only for the people who protested there, but also for our officers and our deputies who are watching their two leaders kneeling here in Orange County, take a knee and listen to what the protesters had to say. ‘
Mina said in a statement that young men at the protests asked him to kneel with them as a sign of solidarity. Above, John Mina details the deadly shootings at the Pulse Orlando nightclub during a press conference on Monday, June 13, 2016
Orlando Police Chief, Orlando Rolón, pictured above, was also asked to kneel by some young men during the protest in a statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
When the news station contacted Mina for comment, he issued a formal statement, saying he was disappointed that the union had withdrawn approval.
“I understand these are tough times for law enforcement – we all feel offended at the intense spotlight on law enforcement misconduct,” the statement said.
“I appreciate and respect our Members and all their hard work. They risk their lives every day and do one of the most difficult and complex jobs in the world. And they are among the best law enforcement has to offer.
“But I’m the sheriff of everyone in Orange County, and voters have chosen me to protect this community. I am accountable to them – and I am also accountable to all members of this agency, ”he continued.
Thousands of protesters in the United States took to the streets to protest racist injustice. Depicted; Black Lives Matter protesters march on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, Florida
“The changes I have already made to the Sheriff’s Office could have triggered the union’s decision to approve it by a 50-member vote. If that’s the case, I accept that. ‘
Mina went on to say that he acknowledges that his community “advocates for change” and that he would “continue working to find common ground with members of our community.”
In his statement, he also made it clear that in the past he had to make difficult decisions himself when his deputies used excessive force, and even ended some for breaking the law.
“But I want everyone at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to know that I am extremely proud of the work they do. My door is always open to them and I am willing to have discussions, even difficult ones, “his statement concluded.