Philadelphia's police union is criticizing Hillary Clinton for the lineup of speakers expected at the Democratic National Convention.
Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak Tuesday night alongside members of Mothers of the Movement, a group of relatives of black men killed by police. Speakers include the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Sandra Bland.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has accused Clinton of failing to include the relatives of slain police officers.
John McNesby, president of Lodge 5, said the union was "shocked and saddened" by the scheduled speakers for the convention, which opens Monday.
"The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism," McNesby said in a statement.
It's "sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country. Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself, if that is possible," McNesby continued.
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsay is also scheduled to speak.
On the recent spate of violence against police officers and against black men, Ramsay said earlier this month that the nation is "sitting on a powder keg."America is a powder keg, as the black former chief of police in Philadelphia notes.
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