Louisiana sheriff takes bold stand for national anthem, leads Ford police car boycott over protests

The debate over NFL players protesting during the national anthem got taken to a whole new level.

A Louisiana sheriff’s office announced that it will no longer purchase Ford police cars in a boycott against the automaker for its support of National Football League players who choose not to stand during the anthem before games.

“The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation,” Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington wrote to the Ford dealership that the department buys its vehicles from.

“Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere,” he added.

A copy of the letter was also sent by Whittington to all of Louisiana’s sheriffs, as well as the state and national sheriffs’ association presidents, urging them to join his boycott, Fox News reported.

The owner of Hixon Automotive Group, the dealership which received the letter, told the sheriff they were unaware of Ford’s position but that it was a concern.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office bought nearly $750,000 worth of Ford vehicles from Hixon Automotive Group in 2016 and 2017, The Shreveport Times reported.

“We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great,” the Ford company, and NFL sponsor, said in a statement last month, according to Fox News.

Ford Chairman, Bill Ford, is vice chairman of the Detroit Lions NFL franchise, a team that members of the Ford family have owned since 1963.

“Ford has been a part of American history, and has stood for American values,” Whittington wrote in the letter. “However, the 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.”

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