Friedman and Nemecek, L.L.C. founding partner Ian Friedman wrote an open letter published by Cleveland.com calling the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President, Jeff Follmer, to condemn the repulsive anti-Semitic social media posts of former 'officer of the year.'
Read the published letter here:
After reading the June 21 article, “Former ‘officer of the year’ under investigation,“ I was immediately struck by the callous minimization by CPPA President Jeff Follmer of Cleveland Police Officer Ismail Quran’s recently revealed, repulsive social media posts. It is one thing to afford members of an organization their due procedural defense. It is entirely another to minimize the anti-Semitic conduct of an individual -- a police officer -- who praises Adolf Hitler and calls for the death of the Jewish people.
CPPA President Follmer suggests that the heinous posts are “over a decade” old, as if to suggest that this in some way mitigates the gravity of Officer Quran’s vile expressions. Follmer goes on to say that this type of rhetoric should not be a reflection on the type of officer that Quran is. If Follmer can’t see the harm in his statements and is unable to offer an unequivocal apology to the broad community, he should not remain in this position of trust.
Follmer’s position mandates that he condemn this hate speech out of respect to history, the citizens and the fine officers of the Cleveland Police Department.