Sheriff Whittington brought a smile to my face today when he announced his department would no longer purchase police cruisers from Ford, due to Ford’s support of the NFL and their ridiculous “take a knee” policy.
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said his office will no longer purchase Ford products after the automaker expressed support for National Football League players’ right to kneel in protest during the national anthem.
In a letter to Hixson Ford of Alexandria on Wednesday, Whittington said “recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American flag, the American military, as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general, forces me to take a stand.”
“Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and taxpayers of Bossier Parish, have a right to spend our money elsewhere,” he said. “I realize that Ford Motor Co. has made this decision and may not necessarily be supported by your company, but you are our dealer.”
According to information provided by BPSO, in 2016 and 2017 the sheriff’s office purchased 29 vehicles from Hixson Autoplex, spending $747,132.
Excellent! The only way the NFL will stop this kneeling nonsense is if their sponsors begin to take a hit. Sheriff Whittington’s announcement is a nice first step, and hopefully, others will follow his lead.