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Black Philly officers opposing union's Trump endorsement

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 23, 2016 9:23 AM
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles while autographing a hat as he speaks to retired and active law enforcement personnel at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge during a campaign stop in Statesville, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Philadelphia) -- A group that represents black Philadelphia police officers is speaking out against the national and local police union's endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The 60-year-old Guardian Civic League says the group cannot accept the Fraternal Order of Police endorsing Trump.

Philadelphia's local FOP president declined to comment, but he has previously spoken about the national endorsement on WPHT, a CBS Radio station in the city, earlier this week.

In that interview, President John McNesby says the local union is bound by the national FOP endorsement.

The union president says Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign wouldn't fill out an FOP survey, while Trump's campaign did. McNesby and other union representatives also met with Trump.

Rochelle Bilal, president of the Guardian Civic League, wants the group to endorse Clinton.

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