Threat of legal action

I have recently read your mission statement and find that as a veteran these statements are great.

However, your threat of legal action against an law enforcement officer in Walla Walla is just beyond me. I would recommend that if you want support from military members, you should stick to your mission statement. A tattoo is not within your mission statement for action, in fact it almost proves that,the officer shouldn’t be punished for HIS constitutional rights. You have no right to “review” the revised tattoo, God is our judge not man. This officer will answer to his Higher Authority, but he doesn’t need to answer to you.

May God Bless America and the constitutional rights if ALL people, not just the ones you believe should be protected.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Jul 10, 2020, at 10:15 AM, John Compere  wrote:

Please accept sincere appreciation for your past military service.
 
For your information, the Nazi “Schutzstaffel” or “SS” double lightening bolt was the official military insignia of the most violent terrorist agency of psychopath Hitler & his evil Third Reich. These Nazi “SS” henchmen enforced heinous Aryan white supremacy, ran the horrendous human extermination camps & committed the gruesome genocide of at least 6 million innocent children, women & men solely because they were born of Jewish mothers (like Jesus). Today, it is one of the rallying signs for neo-Nazis whose stated purpose is to kill all American Jews. It remains abhorrent, anti-Semitic, anti-American & symbolic of horrible hatred & hideous holocaust.
 
These are a few of the reasons why the US Marine Corps publicly denounced & permanently banned it. It has no place in an American police force whose purpose is to protect the public not promote Nazi supremacy & provoke fear. No rational & patriotic American (especially veterans) should be surprised this sordid Nazi symbol offended & frightened families (including veterans) residing in Walla Walla, Washington. That is the reason they complained, protested & sought the support of the non-profit civil rights organization that previously & successfully got it denounced & banned by the Marines.
 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has also been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times for its pro-bono advocacy on behalf of aggrieved Americans like those families in Walla Walla. We will proudly & patriotically continue to do so when requested.
 
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% Christians)

I’m sorry your organization has missed the point of my letter. I’m not
 at all advocating the “SS” tattoo and that it should be allowed in the
 military or the image that it projects as a police officer, my concern
 was articles that I read indicated that your organization was not
accepting the fact that that officer has issued a statement that he
 would indeed alter the tattoo, and that it was always covered during
 his on-duty time as a police officer, I’m unsure why people stated
 that they could see it until after the social media coverage.
 My concern was that your organization wanted approval of the altered
 image. That was the basis of my statement, I’ve been slammed with
 emails today, about my insensitivity to the “SS” image and the context
 that is advocates in history, that’s not what I am talking about, and
 I felt that your organization could review their missions statement
because I see that you advocation of protection of our constitutional
 rights (which by the way I believe needs to be protected and advocated
 for). While it is admirable that your organization was nominated for a
Noble Peace prize, that again is not what I wrote about. The debate
was why your organization feels it has the “NEED” to approve and
 oversee the alteration or take legal action on someone who has
honorably served and has admitted that he needs to change this image.
 Is it about forcing our will onto others, our current climate appears
 to be that if you don’t agree with me that you are a racist and bigot,
 we are American’s and we have all made mistakes and when we honorably
 and humbly offer to correct it, why would an organization feel the
need to slam or belittle an individual or sue him. Why, is my
 question, can you tell me that you have NEVER made a mistake and
offered to correct it. I have, and I have received Grace from God and
 moved forward with course correction and worked to better myself and
 improve the communications with those that I may have hurt or offended
 so that it doesn’t happen again.
 This climate of “my way or the highway” is what is killing our
 country. I’d like to take a moment to restate something that Michael
 Jordan said the other day that rings true “I was raised by parents who
 taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or
 background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric
 and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know
 this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We
 need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and
 equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the
 line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”
 Again, my letter was to question what your mission statement is and
that appears to be everything that I could believe in and stand behind
 and advocate, but the news article that indicated your organization
 would not take the high road that God tells us to take and offer the
 officer a  “Thank you young man and I’m so glad that we can come to an
 agreement.” Threats are just that, please stop, that’s what I’m asking
 for.
 If your organization can not accept the offering of the young officer,
 I believe that your organization has maybe lost it’s way and has
 decided to take the road of threats that seems to be so loud in our
 country now, instead of working together as we should not only as
 American’s but as humans.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 10:47 AM John Compere  wrote:
 First & foremost, your civil communication is sincerely appreciated. Please be advised the families involved (local residents of all races, faiths & beliefs including veterans) want to insure that it is done & not just offered. That is a reasonable request & requirement when someone agrees to take action to resolve a controversy. By separate email, I am forwarding you more information from the Foundation website that should address many of your concerns.

Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein
6:56 AM (4 hours ago)
to me
Sorry you feel that way (name withheld)…over 100 members of the Walla Walla
Washington community asked us for representation on this one… We, at
the MRFF, are the ones that forced the Marine Corps to ban the Nazi SS
tattooed eight years ago in 2012… WE, and not YOU, will decide when we
take a case… We have represented almost 70,000 members of the US
military and veterans and I think we have a pretty good idea how to do
this… Have a nice day and try to keep an open mind, sport… Mikey
Weinstein, founder and President, Military Religious Freedom
Foundation

Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein
(name withheld), you are getting all of this wrong my friend… We ARE ready to
Guardedly accept the officers agreement alter the tattoo but only if
it is altered enough to actually remove the SS in biology which he
already said he would do & that it is done in a timely fashion…The
rest of your comments are not really relevant  to what we are doing
here…

John,
You are at least civil in your discussion with me, however the emails
that I’ve received from Mikey, have been dismissive and somewhat
belittling in that no one’s opinion but your organization matters.
Again, I’m not advocating for the “SS” symbol. This is the article
that I read and made me read more about your organization and why —
In Washington, as I’m sure you are aware each county is in different
lock down measurements, the tattoo shops may not even open in many
areas of our state. I am from Washington State, and I advocate for
constitutional rights by writing to my state government as well.  But
here is the article and the curt responses from your founder to me.
Thank you for your time and service.
(name withheld)
A Washington town is protesting its police department over a Marine
veteran’s ‘Scout Sniper’ tattoo
CHLOE LEVALLEY, WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETIN  JUN 23, 2020 9:40 AM EDT
Weinstein said the organization is working with locals, its Council,
and the state of Washington, mapping out a lawsuit strategy.
“We’re not going to leave it to the City Council, the mayor, or the
chief of police,” Weinstein said. “At this point, we believe the chief
of police should probably be fired because he’s allowed this to go on.
It’s pretty obvious what the tattoo stands for. America is not
accepting hate anywhere, particularly in the military, nor does our
Constitution allow that and particularly among the law enforcement
personnel.”

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
(name withheld), thank you – please take care & be safe. John

 

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2 Comments

  1. Allan Baumann

    It is actually non of Mikey’s or MRFF business to see the revised tattoo, that goes against his civil rights and I hope this officer tells Mikey and the MRFF to go F themselves. Then what would Mikey do, start whining like a little p*ssy does.

  2. G

    Baumann, you really do need to read up on the history of the SS to make up for your lack of education.

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