Amid increasing anti-police sentiment across the country, a Democratic congressman from Illinois has thrown more fuel on the fire by comparing a police union to the Ku Klux Klan.
Rep. Bobby Rush, who represents Illinois’s 1st Congressional District, attacked Chicago’s police union in an interview Sunday with Politico.
“The No. 1 cause that prevents police accountability, that promotes police corruption, that protects police lawlessness, is a culprit called the Fraternal Order of Police,” Rush told the outlet.
“They’re the organized guardians of continuous police lawlessness, of police murder and police brutality. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is the most rabid, racist body of criminal lawlessness by police in the land,” he added.
Further upping anti-police rhetoric amid racial tensions and attacks on officers nationwide, Rush — who was a founding member of the Illinois Black Panthers — then likened the union to white supremacists.