Employees of the renowned automaker Ford Motor Company are demanding that the mega automobile manufacturer stop producing police cars as anti-cop sentiments in the United States continue to be at an all-time high in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Ford is reportedly the leading automaker in the nation in regard to producing and selling specially-designed vehicles for law enforcement, as it makes up a full two-thirds of the market, according to The Verge. Despite this, employees of Ford now want to stop all business with law enforcement because of “racism” and “oppression.” This came after employees made their demand in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett. The letter, which was obtained by Jalopnik, read in part:
On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police, alongside a Ford Police Interceptor. Days later, police officers drove Ford Police Interceptors into crowds of protesters in New York City and Los Angeles. During these past weeks, our vehicles have been used to deploy chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Convention.
Throughout our history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression. We know that while many join, support, or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society are historic and systemic—a history and system perpetuated by Ford for over 70 years—ever since Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. As an undeniable part of that history and system, we are long overdue to “think and act differently” on our role in racism.
Hackett fired back in a letter of his own sent to employees, saying that he does not see it as “controversial that the Ford Police Interceptor helps officers do their job” and that the company will continue making police cars. In his letter, Hackett said that while he could see where the employees were coming from, he also believes that “first responders that protect us play an extraordinarily important role in the vitality and safety of our society. Our world wouldn’t function without the bravery and dedication of the good police officers who protect and serve.” (Note the Ford-produced signage in the cover photo above.)
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We’re glad to see that Hackett is staying strong for now, but it remains to be seen how much longer he will be able to stand up against the liberal mob that has clearly set their sights on Ford.