President, Fraternal Order of Police
Thank you for taking the time and speaking with me last night.
I had hoped that there could have been something in our discussion
that would have made me feel more comfortable with the position
that the Fraternal Order of Police was taking in regards to the
matter of former Deputy Sheriff Christopher Long. I just read
your press release, the second to last paragraph concerns me to
the point that I can no longer support the efforts of the F.O.P.
This along with the fact that the guy I was told you about that
was representing the F.O.P. on the news was no other than Chuck
Canterbury, National President of the F.O.P. He unfortunately
has no idea what he is doing to polarize this community from our
law enforcement. He obviously doesn't know the facts of this case
and is going along with the mind set of "oh well, people
die sometimes in this business, glad it was one of them instead
of one of us". Peyton Strickland should not have died.
Now, for anyone to think that the decision of the Grand Jury,
a group of lay people, is the end of all ends, they are mistaken.
The prosecutor in this case, Benjamin R. David, is by far, the
best friend that a law enforcement officer could ever have. For
you or anyone else to second guess what he does and how he does
it, is beyond your own comprehension. This will not stop at the
Grand Jury's decision and should not stop until a jury decides
this case from all the evidence of a trial.
You asked for fairness. Try being fair to the Strickland family.
Trying being fair to District Attorney Ben David.
You, the President of the North Carolina Lodge of the F.O.P. have
had your misinformed say, the National President of the F.O.P.
has had his misinformed say, now let's wait and hear District
Attorney David and the State Bureau of Investigation have their
By the way, according to Sheriff Sid Causey, Deputy Chris Long
was not fired over the shooting, but for violating departmental
Sadly I write this to you.
Marcus T. Benson
Blue Line Radio
Former member and Law Enforcement Office of the Year, F.O.P. Lodge