The top executive of Ford Motor Company is refusing to halt the production of police vehicles after a scathing letter from employees accused the company of perpetuating a system of oppression.
In a letter shared this week, CEO Jim Hackett said Ford would be doing a disservice to officers if the company scrapped production of police cruisers.
“By taking away our Police Interceptors, we would be doing harm to their safety and making it harder for them to do their job,” Hackett wrote. “Again, this is why, given our insights, new capabilities and leadership, I believe these unfortunate circumstances present Ford with an even greater opportunity to not only innovate new solutions but also leverage our unique position to support the dialogue and reform needed to create safer communities for all.”
According to Jalopnik, employees sent a letter to Hackett and other top executives that demanded Ford “cease development, production, and sale of all custom police vehicles and products.”
Hackett stressed that Ford is committed to continuing a conversation about the company’s inclusion standards and said he hopes there is greater “transparency and accountability” among police forces throughout the United States.
“We’ve said clearly that Black Lives Matter and I am personally driving a review of our Diversity and Inclusion rituals, practices and behaviors,” he said. “We do believe strongly that more transparency and accountability is required in police operations.”
Author: Spencer Neale
Source: Washington Examiner: Ford CEO backs ‘commitment to police’ after calls to curb vehicle production for forces