TOWN HALL – The National Police Association (NPA) announced that it is suing the Biden administration over the 2021 “whipping” incidents in Del Rio, Texas.
The NPA filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for withholding information about how the White House handled the event, in which President Joe Biden falsely accused Border Patrol agents of whipping illegal aliens.
The lawsuit was filed after the DHS and CBP failed to reply to a February 2022 FOIA for all records such as texts, emails, phone calls and other communications regarding the CBP’s investigation into the incident last September.
The NPA also asked for any and all communications that happened between DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the White House.
According to the Washington Examiner, Mayorkas stood before Congress promising to conclude the investigation within a “matter of days, not weeks” … READ MORE.
“The nation’s former border chief [Mark Morgan] reported today that the Biden administration has placed some 40,000 illegal immigrants infected with the coronavirus into American cities. ‘At least — that’s conservative,’ the former acting Commissioner of Customs [said].” – Yahoo! News, August 12, 2021
KEY EXCERPTS FROM LAWSUIT:
In 2019, Defendants published a total of three articles containing false and defamatory claims about NPA, relying on statements from various sources. These sources, soon after the publication of the articles, retracted their statements and corrected them.
However, despite these retractions, despite corrections that demonstrated the falsehood of the original claims, and despite retraction demand letters that specifically noted each false and defamatory statement and described the retractions and corrections of the initial claims,
Defendants refused to retract any of the articles. These articles remain published and readily accessible by the general public to this day, and continue to cause damages to NPA. These actions by Defendants constitute defamation.
On March 17, 2019, the Indianapolis Star, a news publication employing both online
and print media, published on its website, a well-known and widely read news source, an article about NPA (attached hereto as Exhibit 1) with the title, “This Indianapolis charity says it helps police. Police chiefs say it’s a scam.” [sic]. James Briggs & Ryan Martin, This Indianapolis Charity Says It Helps Police. Police Chiefs Say It’s a Scam., IndyStar, https://www.indystar.com/
story/news/investigations/2019/03/17/national-police-association-says-its-helping-police-chiefssay-its-scam/3144585002 [hereinafter “Scam” Article] (last visited Apr. 23, 2021, 4:15 PM).
Beyond the title’s claim that “[p]olice chiefs say it’s a scam,” id., the article included
a variety of additional claims that NPA is a scam or otherwise fraudulent, including, but not
limited to, the following.
- First, the article stated, “At least four police departments in four states have found the
letters to be confusing and misleading enough to issue ‘scam alerts’ in their communities.”
- Second, the article stated, “The National Police Association has been flagged for
scam alerts at police departments around the country.”
- Third, the article stated, “Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell . . . reported the National Police Association to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service over what he considered to be
- Fourth, the article stated, “Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell . . . [said], ‘It’s a
scam. . . . It’s no different than any other scam — just a different angle.’” Id.
These statements were false and defamatory … READ MORE.