Thin blue line lining up behind Trump: 'This is make-or-break for law enforcement'

Thin blue line lining up behind Trump: 'This is make-or-break for law enforcement'


Retired cop Paul Beakman Jr. has been a pro-union Democrat his entire life. He heads two western New York police associations and is even running as a Democrat for city alderman in Lockport, New York.

So he surprised himself when he attended a Trump rally last month outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — and wept at the outpouring of respect and support he felt for law enforcement.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he told The Washington Times. “I just started crying. I am used to hearing about cops being spit on and having bags of feces thrown at us. And here we were with 17,000 real Americans cheering for us.”

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To endorse Mr. Trump, police unions and associations across the country are bucking the AFL-CIO.

They also are mobilizing like never before.

Mr. Beakman said he will remain a Democrat, but plenty of his brothers and sisters in blue are making a clean break from the Democratic Party.

“We’ve always been

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