Warren, whose other comments recently have stirred controversy and eroded some of her support, has not responded publicly to the criticism.
Warren said recently that Brown was “murdered” by a police officer five years ago. An investigation by Obama’s Department of Justice found sufficient evidence backing the officer’s claim that he acted in self-defense because Brown had assaulted him.
Brown, 18, was found to have been high on drugs an acted violently as he tried to enter the police cruiser and wrestle the officer’s firearm away from him. His death sparked months of protests and led to protests around the nation that routinely promoted false information about the death and police actions.
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association took offense and sent Warren a letter blasting her claim.
“What you tweeted was based on false information. The entire case was thoroughly investigated by the United States Justice Department. If you took the time to read the conclusion, you will find that Michael Brown was not murdered. Read the details and you will know the truth,” wrote Russell Stevens, chief of the association, in the letter to Warren.
“Your reckless tweet will only serve to create hatred towards police officers and place them in danger of more assaults and perhaps death. Having had two police officers murdered in your own state in the past 18 months, we expect our elected officials to condemn the murder and assaults of police officers,” he added.
“Instead on multiple occasions, you choose to fan the fires of divide for your own political gains. Shame on you! I am so proud of what the profession of policing has done to build relationships through 21st century police initiatives, and the energy and effort we put forth to make our communities a better place. Senator Warren, you are pushing us in the wrong direction.”
Frank Frederickson, the police chief in Yarmouth, also issued a statement saying Warren’s missive was “another slap in the face” after Warren’s controversial comments about the criminal justice system in 2018, when she said: “It’s racist … I mean front to back.”
“Unfortunately, this will sound political to some but it is not! It is about setting the record straight and not exposing police officers to unwarranted negativity and danger. After Senator Warren’s comments were confronted last August, to her credit, she called me and tried to explain the real meaning of her ill advised comments. I am very proud to say that Yarmouth police officers do not fit Senator Warren’s statement, and for the record policing in Massachusetts is excellent in spite of obstacles such as this,” Frederickson wrote.
“I fully recognize that policing has to always be responsive and accountable for our errors and I believe we work hard to do so. I received some criticism for calling out Senator Warren last year and probably will again this year, but if it sets the record straight and repairs some of the damage done, I have no problem bearing the brunt of criticism. Senator Warren, I implore you to come and spend some time in a Massachusetts police department and see what actually takes place. Remember you said you would do that?”