It has been revealed that the National Park Service (NPS) is awarding the Black Panther Party a grant of the sum of $98,000. It is scheduled to be received by the University of California-Berkeley (UCB) “to memorialize a history that brought meaning to lives”, according to the Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) website.
Chuck Canterbury, president of FOP national, wrote a letter to President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing his absolute “outrage and shock” for this grant.
Canterbury said “…as far as we are concerned the only meaning they brought to any lives was grief to the families of their victims.”
His letter speaks on behalf of FOP’s members, which are more than 330,000 members.
Via Blue Lives Matter: According to the FOP’s research “members of this militant anti-American group” are responsible for the murders of 16 police officers since the Black Panther Party (BPP) formed.
Canterbury also said in the letter that one of those police officer victims was U.S. Park Ranger Kenneth C. Patrick. On August 5, 1973, Ranger Patrick was “murdered in cold blood” by three members of the BPP.
Ranger Patrick had initiated a traffic stop on a car containing three members of the Black Panthers. They shot him as he approached their vehicle.
The Black Panthers started to leave, but returned and executed Ranger Patrick by shooting him in the head. They then stole his revolver before driving off.
One suspect who was convicted of the murder of Ranger Patrick is still in prison, and still claims membership in the BPP. He also claims that he is a political prisoner.
Canterbury continued “it is appalling that the National Park Service, Ranger Patrick’s own agency, now proposes to partner with UCB and two active members of this violent group.”
The Black Panther Party is described by the FBI as “a black extremist organization” which “advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government.”
In the letter Canterbury highlighted how nationwide people have been protesting the removal of statues and other memorials of our nation’s darker historical past from public property.
The FOP president then pointedly asked why the NPS would want to honor a group that directly promoted the use of violence against our country, which the BPP considered their enemy.
On Friday, he said that officials from the Department of the Interior had contacted him and advised him that the award had not yet been made.
The officials said that although there had been a Notice of Intent to award the grant to UCB, that the federal fiscal year had ended before the money could be handed out.
These officials and others in the administration assured Canterbury that there was “a low chance” that the grant would be awarded. Canterbury said that his goal was to make it “a zero chance.”
He has started a petition to the White House asking President Trump to stop this funding to honor the Black Panther Party, who are responsible for the murders of 16 police officers since its inception. You can sign that petition at this link.
Don’t let the BPP get their monument.