Union president warns Cleveland Police officers: ‘Remain alert and extremely cognizant’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Once he got word of the deadly police shootings in Dallas, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis contacted Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams to request the department pull one man cars and immediately pair officers up. According to Loomis, Williams agreed to that.

In a letter to his officers, obtained by Fox 8 I-Team reporters Ed Gallek and Peggy Gallek, Loomis said, "Several State Union leaders have contacted me via email regarding Dallas and have expressed their extreme concern for us during the RNC. Not that we developed a universal plan of action during these conversations, but I feel there will be one soon."

Loomis expressed frustration at politicians, including President Barack Obama, that he feels have "further empowered and incited those who choose to believe the false narratives and premature conclusions of a very small albeit vocal group within our national population."

"When will the politicians learn that our lives stand in the balance of their politically motivated and fact-less rhetoric, not theirs?" Loomis asked in his letter.

Loomis urged CPPA members to "remain alert and extremely cognizant" while on the job.

"If a radio call doesn't smell right, call and wait for backup," Loomis said. He also urged dispatchers and call takers to send backup if something doesn't seem right.

"Join me in praying for the Officers and their families in Dallas and for all of law enforcement officers and the CIVILIZED law abiding citizens we are here to protect," Loomis wrote.

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