The nation's police officers have been under attack by Democrat politicians and their social justice warriors for years. It has been frustrating and infuriating to watch as the media has perpetuated the myth that our peace officers are evil people hell-bent on destroying minorities and the poor.

Liz Warren and Hillary Clinton have referred to our law enforcement officers as "racist" while Barack Obama called Cambridge police "stupid." Just last week, Bernie Sanders told a young black man to be careful not to be shot in the back of the head by cops.

In recent years, we've seen thugs such as Black Lives Matter march freely through the streets of major cities chanting "pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon," and "What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now!" ANTIFA douses police with urine and throws projectiles at them.

Cops have been ambushed and shot, had water thrown at them and trash piled on top of their cruisers. The police have been disrespected by Democrats, their surrogates in the streets and the media. All of this changed, however, when Donald Trump was elected president. Trump has had the backs of our police officers and now they have his.

The National Fraternal Order of Police has issued a statement condemning the impeachment process now underway by Congressional Democrats. Union president Patrick Yoes said in a statement that Congress is denying Trump “one of the most basic rights afforded to American citizens,” due process.

“Due process does not protect the guilty; it is the means by which we guarantee the most fundamental aspect of our nation’s justice system: innocent until proven guilty. You cannot have justice without due process," he said.

Yoes says the union exists, in part, “to defend these rights … for all citizens at every level, from the indigent living on the street to the president living in the White House.”

The FOP published its letter on Twitter last week:

Trump has had the backs of our police officers – and now they have his.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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