Louisiana Sheriff Refuses To Buy Ford’s Police Cars For Supporting NFL Anthem Protests

The brouhaha over the NFL protests doesn’t show any sign of slowing down as the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana is refusing to buy Ford police vehicles over the company’s support of the players right to protest.

In a letter addressed to Hixson Ford of Alexandria, Sheriff Julian Whittington said “Ford vehicles have been greatly utilized within the law enforcement community” but his department “will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation.”

The letter goes on to state it is Whittington’s hope the letter will cause Ford to “change their advertising choices and cease to support the NFL with advertising dollars until the NFL leadership demands its players show proper respect to our nations colors.” The letter goes on to say players have a right to protest but the sheriff’s office also has the right to spend their money elsewhere.

As Fox News reports, Ford has previously stated “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”

Ford’s situation is particularly interesting as the Ford family owns the Detroit Lions and owner Martha Firestone Ford has previously said “Thanks primarily to our players, the NFL … has been a unifying force in our country and impactful change has and hopefully will continue to be the result of peaceful expression, done so in order to highlight social injustices of all kind.”

She also rebuffed President Trump by saying “Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions.”

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  • LWOAP

    I’m just waiting for the inevitable flame war that will occur here as a result.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Lol me too

      • TrevP

        Its going to happen. hahaha

        • Honda NSX-R

          Everytime someone brings up politics on this site people lose their shit hahaha

          • LWOAP

            It happens pretty much everywhere. I was on a blog about the weather and shit hit the fan pretty quickly when Trump was mentioned. People were blocking each other left and right. It was hilarious.

          • javier

            yup people in this country get trolled pretty ez

    • LWOAP

      And to no one surprise, its happening.

    • Liam Paul

      flame on lol. It’s all cool, we all can fight as long as we know we’re right and the right is wrong !

  • Proud to be an American

    Makes me want to buy a Ford! In fact, I believe my wife and I will take a test drive of the new Lincoln Continental. We’ll be sure to bend a knee prior to the test drive in support of equality in America. BTW, aren’t these morons in the photograph illegally blocking a road?

    • LeStori

      When you are as important as this Sheriff and his all white men and no women, you can do what you expect.

      His is an equal opportunity force… a credit to to US of A.

    • cooper

      Yeah, Ford stock went up 7% a couple weeks ago. This is probably great advertising to buy Ford.

      • MarketAndChurch

        I don’t think there’s any correlation with a rise in Ford stock and its stance on a leftist position.

        • Liam Paul

          had ot fallen, you would had been like see

        • William Adama

          Since when did the first amendment become a “leftist position?” Just curious, as this is going to piss off a LOT of people on the right.. you know, the REAL americans who have EXCLUSIVE rights to patriotism.

    • Heater Jake

      I want some pics of your wife on her knees.

      • OffwithHerHead

        I have some.

  • John Doll

    Ford wants it both ways and that is unacceptable.

  • Darnell Robeson

    Gheesh what a mess.

  • brn

    Why is this on Carscoops? It’s nothing but an attempt to raise political dander.

    • BGM

      I, for one, welcome a break from the usual Musk / Tesla lovefest on the front page. Just waiting for the day when the headline reads *Musk breaks wind: Israelis and Palestinians sign peace accord!*.

    • ChrisInIL

      ….because these types of posts get the most views.

      • LWOAP

        And the most comments.

  • LeStori

    Thanks for all the entertainment America. You are always good for a laugh.

    Here we have a Sheriff in Hickville, Louisiana looking for his 15 minutes of fame.

    • Liam Paul

      making america racist again

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    What a complete twatwaffle

  • Six_Tymes

    good

  • Zed68

    Louisiana…

  • javier

    bufford T justice (to his son) :

    There’s no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get
    home, first thing I’m gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!

    • Liam Paul

      He would say, Son, you listen carefully, I don’t care what any of those players do, I am in Hot Pursuit of the bandit, now get out of my way!

  • Pull pistols or whistle Dixie

    I appreciate the sentiment but DO NOT appreciate public officials spending our tax money on ideology and picking winners and losers. If “we” do it it validates “them” doing it.

  • europeon

    Wait… weren’t the NFL clowns protesting against police brutality?

    • gary4205

      They don’t even know what they are protesting anymore.

      Just a bunch of overpaid goons.

      • Astonman

        They’re clear on what they’re protesting. If they took to the street and marched, guys like you would still complain. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. They want a conversation – Trump basically said no conversation because there’s not a problem by taking the conversation sideways about disgracing the flag. So they make millions and believe in equality makes them goons? What does that make the millionaires that don’t believe in equality?

        • Liam Paul

          I say it make those Millionaires Goons and I am sure Gary would say we’re goons cause we wont let he spread his crap without opposition

      • Liam Paul

        Do you know the definition of a Goon ? a bully or thug, especially one hired to terrorize or do away with opposition, you are doing a good job of being a Goon! VP pence sure wasted our tax dollars with his PR stunt at the 49ers vs the colts game

    • KidRed

      If by “clowns” you mean “black men”, then yes, they are protesting police brutality.

  • Paul Webster

    Ford’s situation is particularly interesting as the Ford family owns the Detroit Lions and owner Martha Firestone Ford has previously said “Thanks primarily to our players, the NFL … has been a unifying force in our country and impactful change has and hopefully will continue to be the result of peaceful expression, done so in order to highlight social injustices of all kind.”

    What a load of PC horse****. American football is a metaphor of/for war. The Fords should stick to design and manufacturing and sell their interest in coliseum entertainment.

    • MarketAndChurch

      You’re also forgetting that the Ford Foundation donated 100 million dollars to black lives matter last summer.

      They’re trying to be as progressive as Google and Apple.

      • Paul Webster

        The Ford Foundation has been autonomous from FOMOCO for some time. Originally the FF was a “diversion” of Ford wealth in the hands of the wives and daughters of Ford’s male heirs. It was “fashionable” 50 years ago, it has morphed into a not so funny bastion of progressive ideology.

  • this is some complicated stuff. so who’s supporting who???

    • cooper

      Well, not that complicated. Trump is losing at so many things he had to bring the race card for his base. Complete snowflake. God help us all.

      • thunder bolt

        so far, all I heard of the ‘r’ world is from the left. everything that they don’t like, use ‘r’ word to accuse all and everyone. If that doesn’t work, play the victim card.
        Let them bend the need like slaves that they used to be, and serve all of us masters.

  • Six Thousand Times

    As Fox News reports, Ford has previously stated “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”

    And this plg f***er of a slack-jawed hick sheriff opposes this view because…oh shit, who cares, anymore?

    • cooper

      Stop stating facts. Trumpkins only believe trump. They are easily manipulated by this dictator.

      • Elilla Shadowheart

        So real question. If Trump is a dictator why are you still able to speak? Right…think long and hard on that answer.

    • Thoms

      What a discriminatory leftist we have here. Another living oxymoron

  • cooper

    Complete idiots.

  • gary4205

    Just because you CAN do things doesn’t mean you SHOULD do things.

    The National Felons League is bleeding fans because of this anti-America nonsense.

    The Sheriff is just exercising FREE market principles.

    Personally, as prone as Crown Victorias are to exploding in flames when crashed, I would have quit buying Fords a long time ago.

    The NFL can protest America to their heart’s content….but actions have consequences.

    Lot of fans are burning all of their team’s swag.

    • Maricaibo

      These guys are also blocking the highway.

    • paulgdeaton

      Trump is loosing voters much faster than the N.F.L. is losing fans… just syin’…

  • TheBelltower

    Shouldn’t a sheriff prefer a peaceful protest? These protests are about as innocuous as a protest can possibly be. Certainly better than carrying torches, chanting hateful slogans, and running down crowds with a Dodge Challenger ISIS style. But something tells me that this sheriff wouldn’t be opposed to those types of protests that we’ve seen.

  • Devolusionist

    They have every right to complain as much as the morons on this thread

  • S3XY

    The might as well get rid of the their crown vics and explorers then.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      They’re outdated for policing anyway. Most replace them when they hit 1-2m miles, some are only in service for 500k miles. Gonna toss in some stuff here so people understand why there’s actually a lot of hate towards Ford by police forces and services.

      Most of them moved to GM cars a few years ago in the “crown gap”. There was a period where GM was the preferred model. Ford was pushing a new line to replace the vic’s which were made in St.Thomas, Ontario for police. But police didn’t like the new design, it had less headroom in the front(higher chance of fatalities in a crash because of the extra equipment in the front), less legroom and footroom in the back. That makes it more difficult to get a combative person into the vehicle, it’s also more likely when the person is entering the vehicle that they’ll hit their head on the door frame, and try to blame it on the police being abusive.

      So that’s one of the reasons there’s more GM police vehicles on the road. The police also liked the Dodge Chargers, which more are moving to because they have the same foot/head clearance as the old crown vic’s. So expect to see more of them. Ford screwed the pooch by not listening to police when they said “keep it the same way, or give more room in the back.” There was several cases up here in Canada where Ford Canada was directly combative with police services like the OPP(provincial police), and TPS(Toronto Police) over these clearance problems and telling those services that they’ll like the cars because they know best.

      • Maricaibo

        Kuwait has the proper fleet of police pursuit vehicles.

        • Elilla Shadowheart

          Most of those are hand-me-down’s or bought at auction from police forces/services in north america. Though they do use a few explorers also bought from auction it’s cheaper then paying the premium then the equipment retrofit cost.

  • Mr Smart

    One, these white bigot pigs should be arrested for racism. Let’s see how THEY like being shot with their hands in the air begging for their lives like the hundreds of thousands of young black men who are murdered by pigs every year.

    Two, thanks to this news I plan to buy two new things here in very short order. A new american (little A) flag and a new Ford vehicle, provided I can find one that gets at least 60 mpg. The car, to drive. The putrid flag, to BURN. A country that promotes bigotry with a Nazi like Drumpf as president deserves NO respect and brave companies like Ford and the NFL who fight for the right to protest bigotry and this miserable feces countries’ anthem are worth supporting!

    • ChrisInIL

      Apparently, they don’t have a concept for “irony” where you live.

    • brn

      The bigot here is the one that wrote your opening line. Time for some self reflection.

    • ScullyFarnsworth

      There are not hundreds of thousands of black men killed by cops every year you fool. In 2016 233 black males were killed by police. 16 of them unarmed which doesn’t mean unjustified. I do not tolerate police brutality. They should all be investigated and the cops punished, harshly, if warranted. But, an unarmed black man has a greater chance of being struck by lightning than being killed by police. Also, in 2015, a cop was 19 times more likely to be killed by a black man than an unarmed black man was to be killed by a cop. Know what you’re talking about.

  • Andrew Ngo

    in many cultures, religions around the world and in history, kneeling is to show ultimate respect, sincere, devotion and loyalty. Don’t understand about the disrespect accusation???

  • fred

    Good! Less Fords=better world!

  • javier

    These goons won’t buy a ford cuz they think they are patriotic but don’t give a chit that the pentagon has stolen trillions of dollars or that the constitution is being systematically dismantled or that there is no rule of law for some in this country. Same goes for the players, all they seem to care about is one sub group’s plight. All these idiots are superficial morons, sadly, like most of America.

  • Liam Paul

    I bet these same cops also racial profile too and I am buying a ford fusion monday now, it was between that and a sonata, now I know where my money go unless hyundai kneels behind these players too.

  • Maricaibo

    Not only are they blocking the road, the officer on the right, I’m assuming he’s the County Sheriff, is out of uniform. He should not be saluting anything without wearing proper headgear, and headgear should always be worn at all times out of doors..

  • datCubanguy

    I think the Sheriff would be in a better..pursuit if he went after our Federal Gov.screwing our Veterans over,over and over again than this issue,after all this people have the right to protest as they which as long as it is in a peacefull manner.

  • Enter Ranting

    Somehow, Ford will survive…

  • paulgdeaton

    So… what are the Bossier Parrish radar nazis going to drive, as they set up their speed traps to extort funds from unsuspecting motorists?

  • Bob

    As a South African, I wish we could swop lives and countries with the US.

    Pretty tired of hearing about grandmothers and babies getting raped, murders across the colour spectrum, our president, our president’s dropped rape case, our president’s dropped corruption charges, our president’s now-very-wealthy friends, our president’s family (who became brilliant businessmen almost as soon as he became president), our president’s bad off-the-script speeches and his troubles with numbers, our president’s stubborn dedication to his job, our president’s house and all the non-security upgrades we paid for – including the famed fire-pool.

    I need a new life.

    • LWOAP

      You need a new president. We should swap. Soon as we get yours, he’ll be voted out of office, thrown in prison and most likely shivved.

      • Bob

        Words have never been more pleasant to read. How I wish.

      • Bob

        So since our conversation, it’s come out that some of our president’s friends I earlier mentioned are being investigated by the FBI. Thank you USA!

    • Six Thousand Times

      Well-needed perspective. At least neither of us are Romanians. 😉

      • Bob

        Hear hear.

  • lagunas3ca

    “Within Louisiana, more than 87% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Bossier City. Importantly, when you compare Bossier City to other communities of similar population, then Bossier City crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average.”

    Sounds like Sheriff Julian Whittington should concern himself with matters more important than this.

  • KidRed

    So police are mad that Ford isn’t siding against black NFL players who are protesting against police brutality? Anyone surprised?

  • mindsnapper

    F**K the POLICE – What a bunch of idiots – taking Trumps bait like a big ole alligator eatin on a rotten piece of chicken. LOL.

  • Hey retards, you need those cars to stop bad guys, not to be American. Fucking leftists and liberals and this “take a knee” bullshit! Those retards never focus on the real problem within poor black communities! Take a knee my ass! Fuck that! I stand for the flag! And those scumbags protesting make no difference doing that retarded bullcrap! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/756d84da1df4a075a5cf7d2542794242d1b8775985addbd3afd4b7c83bf6718c.jpg

    That’s the people under those helmets. No damn intelligence.