A delegation of faith and community leaders gathered earlier today at the downtown headquarters of the Police Protective League (PPL) to protest the union’s attacks against Karen Bass. A PPL has launched a series of malicious advertisements against the mayoral candidate that community leaders have decried as consisting of lies and defamatory statements – inflaming already-sensitive relations between the community and Los Angeles Police Department.
“Crime is rising,” said SCLC Los Angeles Chapter president, Rev. William Smart. “The Police Union should focus on protecting and serving communities and not attacking our leaders and dividing our community. Now is the time to unite communities and bring people together and this Trump-Caruso connection really has us concerned. That’s why we’re here. We’re here to fight and to say no to the false and misleading police attacks that they’re waging against Karen.”
“We want to send a message to the Police Protective League that dirty politics and attempts to mislead and divide our community are not acceptable,” said Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California. “We’re demanding that they take these ads down even though we know they’ve already spent $3 million and we want them to know that we will not be fooled. We’re monitoring them and they will be held accountable for the falsehoods.”
Last week, an attorney for Bass issued a cease-and-desist letter to five TV stations demanding that they stop airing the defamatory campaign ads falsely claiming that Bass voted to give USC millions in taxpayer funds after receiving free tuition from the university.
Said Smart, “It was only after she received permission and a green light from the Congressional House Committee on Ethics that she agreed to take the courses at USC, so she did everything right, but still they’re attacking her.”
Smart was clear in his assertion that this was not a race issue, but a community issue.
Added Tulloss, “It’s our job as activists to shine a light on situations that are unjust so we’re sending them a strong message that this is not acceptable and if we have to continue to protest to shine light on it, we’re willing to do that.
“Karen Bass has a stellar record that reflects the highest standards along with a track record of responsiveness to those she serves and to results that speak to her effectiveness,” Tulloss continued. “For the police union to attempt to smear her in this manner really demonstrates that their candidate can’t win on his merits alone.”