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A letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford ask the company to take action by July 15.

Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

"Throughout history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression," workers wrote in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford, according to Jalopnik. "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."

Multiple videos have been published showing law enforcement officers driving Ford Police Interceptors into crowds of protestors at several events throughout the US. While other companies' vehicles have been similarly used and Ford's Police Interceptors make up a small portion of the Blue Oval's overall sales, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker sells more police vehicles than any other automaker in the US.

The letter to Hackett and Ford came from a group of employees that "call for Ford to cease development, production and sale of all custom police vehicles and products."

Hackett was quick to respond with an internal memo, which Jalopnik also obtained, saying, "It's not controversial that the Ford Police Interceptor helps officers do their job. The issues plaguing police credibility have nothing to do with the vehicles they're driving."

Hackett's memo continues, "By taking away our Police Interceptors, we would be doing harm to their safety and making it harder for them to do their job. Again, this is why, given our insights, new capabilities and leadership, I believe these unfortunate circumstances present Ford with an even greater opportunity to not only innovate new solutions but also leverage our unique position to support the dialogue and reform needed to create safer communities for all."

Jalopnik reports that the employee letter asks the automaker to take action by July 15. "Our resources can and should be diverted to other forms of first response and public safety," the letter said.

A Ford spokesperson confirmed these reports but declined to comment further.

Correction, 8:41 p.m. PT: The original version of this story said that the letter to executives came from Ford's African-Ancestry Network. We have since learned that this is not the case: The letter was authored by an independent group of Black and white employees.
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/f...s-police-cars/

Now another group of snowflakes have their panties in a bunch about something that has been going on since before they were most likely even born. Ford has been selling cars to police forces for decades. Now all of a sudden, these brain dead employees want to virtue signal their "wokeness" by demanding that Ford give up a portion of it's business. I'm glad to see that the CEO pushed back. Good for him.
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I've never run a company nearly as large as Ford, but if I had employees that signed a letter like that I'd replace them. Of course I'd like to think I wouldn't hire someone that stupid to begin with, but mistakes do happen.
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Now another group of snowflakes have their panties in a bunch about something that has been going on since before they were most likely even born. Ford has been selling cars to police forces for decades. Now all of a sudden, these brain dead employees want to virtue signal their "wokeness" by demanding that Ford give up a portion of it's business. I'm glad to see that the CEO pushed back. Good for him.
I wonder is these brain dead employees realize that tens of thousands of workers exist to make these cars?
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Do these people actually comprehend what reducing a PD ability to respond to negative events would actually mean?

While I am wholly of the idea that when you need help right now, the police are only minutes away, they do serve as a dissuasive presence for some illegal activities and actions.

Yes, by all means, lets virtue signal regarding an aspect that has nothing to do with the vehicles being driven, in regards to criminal actions taken by a few members of said group.

Facepalm doesn't cover this, neither does an eye roll. Stupidity, people. Sometimes it just can't be fixed.
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The chicken shlts at BLM and AntiFA are working overtime it seems. The snowflake weenies who lick the ground those monkeys defecate on are going to single-handedly kick their own asses over this stupidity.

Whines from members of the BLM and AntiFA monkeys, and their ass kissers, will be entertained for a while. Bring them on.
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Now another group of snowflakes have their panties in a bunch about something that has been going on since before they were most likely even born. Ford has been selling cars to police forces for decades. Now all of a sudden, these brain dead employees want to virtue signal their "wokeness" by demanding that Ford give up a portion of it's business. I'm glad to see that the CEO pushed back. Good for him.
I think the CEO should have told them, "If we do that, we will have to lay people off, and it only makes sense that the folks that want this, should be first to go"
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Gee, maybe these dopes want Kia or BMW to make the police cars so that they lose their jobs to a foreign country.
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I've never run a company nearly as large as Ford, but if I had employees that signed a letter like that I'd replace them. Of course I'd like to think I wouldn't hire someone that stupid to begin with, but mistakes do happen.
It's difficult to fire a UAW member. I know because I used to work for Chrysler, and I was shocked at what some employees got away with. The hourly workers literally got away with theft and fraud, even when caught.
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It's difficult to fire a UAW member. I know because I used to work for Chrysler, and I was shocked at what some employees got away with. The hourly workers literally got away with theft and fraud, even when caught.
That doesn't just apply to the UAW. Most unions are very protective of their members for one simple reason; they want to be able to continue to collect dues from them. The more people on the payroll, the more dues they can collect.
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Default Re: Ford employees want the company to stop making police cars, report says

Notice the Resistance media headline, Ford employees as if the employees en masse had enlisted as shock troops for BLM. In fact, it's a demand in a letter from an unspecified "independent" group. There is no attempt by the so-called journalists to determine how many employees the group represents, if any, it's just so much easier to generate an approved anti police headline. We should be grateful it wasn't a noose, a hangman's knot being a hate crime.
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