CLEVELAND - Blocking the street in front of Cleveland’s major police union, demonstrators who weren't on board with a big decision from Cleveland’s Police Patrolmen’s Association, protested.
In an unprecedented move to support a US Presidential candidate, the CPPA voted to endorse Donald Trump.
The results came down early Saturday morning with 216 members voting for Trump and just 68 in favor of Hillary Clinton.
"I don’t want to hear this nonsense anymore that we’re racist… racist... sexist… it’s gonna blow up the community… it’s not gonna blow up the community,” CPPA President Steve Loomis said at a press conference Tuesday.
Loomis pushed to have a union vote endorsing a president, and supports the GOP candidate himslef.
"For Mr. Trump and against Hillary Clinton… we’re fighting the good fight," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said as he entered the CPPA's lodge.
Trump's heavy-wheight political surrogate visited Cleveland Tuesday, to thank Cleveland's major police union for supporting Donald Trump.
Giuliani, who has not only backed Trump, but some of his more controversial policing policies, spoke to an audience about why voting for Trump over Clinton is the right call.
'Stop and Frisk' for example is a policy Giuliani continues to endorse. “Not only do I support it. I started it," Trump Giuliani said. "Stop and Frisk takes the guns out of the hands of the bad guys and it brings crime down in my case and Bloomberg's 85 percent."
Policies like 'Stop and Frisk' do not sit well with protestors who made their way to CPPA's loddge Tuesday. Some worry policies like "Stop and Frisk" could be devastating for majority minority communties."
“I’m disgusted and shocked that this police union would back this candidate… this candidate that is backed by almost every hate group in this country," activist April Stoltz told WKYC Channel 3's Hilary Golston.
Family member of Tamir Rice, Latonya Goldsby, attended the rally to stand against the CPPA's decision. "Donald Trump represents nothing but hate and racism," Goldsby said. "What’s the message that you’re really trying to send to the community?"
Goldsby worries the endorsement only strains relations between the community and police. "The endorsement of Donald Trump not only maligns minorities in this community, but it also puts a bigger stance between police and community relationships."
Kareem Henton of Black Lives Matter Cleveland, thinks the endorsement indicates Loomis should step down from his post as union president and should stop sitting on a community-police commission mandated by a consent decree put in place after the Department of Justice determined the Cleveland Police Department has a practice and policy of using excessive force.
"That's the bed that they made and now they have to lie on it," Henton said of union members' decision to elect Loomis. "Do something about it and vote him out."
Mr. Loomis says it's the right of demonstrators to believe he's the wrong man for the job, but says he's not worried about those concerns.