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Friday, June 20, 2003 Bush sees U.S. as meddling in local police affairs
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 1, 2000

Excerpts: Bush said in a written statement that while lawlessness by police cannot be tolerated, "I also do not believe that the federal government should instruct state and local authorities on how police department operations should be conducted, becoming a separate internal affairs division."

Ironically, FOP is now moving to endorse Gore, even though the vice president generally supports the Justice Department's police misconduct investigations. Union leaders consider the probes political "blackmail."

One union source said that in his in-person interview with union leaders, the governor appeared "ill-prepared" to discuss the critical issue. And he came across as somewhat flippant when asked what he had done to help state troopers in Texas get more bargaining rights.

"He said, 'Well, we make sure they have a heck of a Christmas party.' That went over pretty poorly," the source said.

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