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Fraternal Order of Police objects to Mario Sims' comments

The South Bend lodge of the Fraternal Order of the Police is not happy about Pastor Mario Sims' latest news conference.

In a statement sent out Friday, they called Sims' comments "nothing more than a slap in the face to every officer who day in and day out, go about their duties despite the danger and the scrutiny."

Sims, speaking on behalf of the People United for Better Government, held a news conference outside South Bend Common Council chambers on Tuesday. During the conference Sims voiced opposition to the lawsuit filed on behalf of four police officers against the city and Second District Councilman Henry Davis, while also reiterating a call for South Bend Police Officer Aaron Knepper to be fired amid accusations of police brutality, and for the surveillance tapes at the heart of the scandal that resulted in the demotion of former SBPD chief Daryl Boykins, to be released.

In particular, the Fraternal Order of Police highlighted Sims' statements claiming there is a culture of corruption in the city, and his calling the four officers who filed suit against Davis, "poster boys for corruption." They called these statements "reprehensible" and "without backing," while claiming that these comments are particularly damaging as the police are trying to install a new strategy against organized violence.

"If Mr. Sims and People United for Better Government are genuine in their cause," the statement concluded, "they will go about their convictions by letting the legal system do its work and not make any more vilifying statements about the department or its officers, especially without the facts to back it up."
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