Around 100 employees have reportedly asked Ford to stop building and selling police vehicles.
An employee letter obtained by The Verge, asks Ford to “cease development, production, and sale of all custom police vehicles and products."
An excerpt from the obtained letter reads:
Throughout our history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression. We know that while many join, support, or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society are historic and systemic — a history and system perpetuated by Ford for over 70 years — ever since Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. As an undeniable part of that history and system, we are long overdue to “think and act differently” on our role in racism.
Outside of the letter, The Detroit Free Press reported that employee complaints against building and selling police vehicles have been brought to the Ford C-Suite in at least one virtual town hall.
In an internal letter to employees obtained by the Free Press, Ford CEO Jim Hackett defended the production and sale of police vehicles.
“The issues plaguing police credibility have nothing to do with the vehicles they’re driving. In fact, as we imagine the future power of our connected vehicles, smarter Ford vehicles can be used to not only improve officers’ ability to protect and serve, but also provide data that can make police safer and more accountable,” Hackett wrote.
Ford makes a majority of police vehicles in the U.S., including the Police Interceptor.
The company did not immediately respond to TheStreet’s request for comment.
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