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FLEOA Supports USSS Agents

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, on a flight from Washington D.C. to New York, we once again saw a member of the media act in a suspicious manner towards Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who are protected by Secret Service Agents. When the individuals’ suspicious manner alerted the agents, who are tasked with protecting Jared and Ivanka's lives, the member of the media then cried foul.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional federal law enforcement professional association. Of the more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents we represent across 65 federal agencies, many perform protective functions for our nation's officials. These duties include serving on protective details for Members of Congress, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of DHS, White House Press Secretary, and, of course, the Vice President, and President.

"Over the last few years, groups, individuals and the media have made inappropriate and, in some cases, ill-advised forced contact with officials who have armed federal law enforcement officers protecting them," said FLEOA National President Nathan R. Catura. "As a matter of good sense, it is wreckless, irresponsible, and dangerous for any member of the public or media to act forcefully or aggressively towards an official who clearly is being protected due to the threats they are facing."

"Protection is threat-based and these federal law enforcement officers are keenly aware of their mission and the fact that danger could arise in seconds from any corner," Catura continued. "Acting forcefully or inappropriately towards these individuals could potentially cause a dangerous situation for all involved that could force these officers to react, often within seconds, and make a life or death judgment call."

"The threat matrix with these protected individuals is complex and always changing. The last thing these federal law enforcement officers need is an otherwise law-abiding citizen to initiate a cause-and-effect reaction that is ultimately likely to end with someone being hurt," Catura concluded. "FLEOA and its members are the vanguards of protecting individual rights and freedoms and would ask all people to use good sense and to abide by the law, choosing public locations in which to protest. If the situation calls for asking a question, the safer course of action is probably to make an appointment."

Read the press release in its entirety.