On Dec. 10, a New England police union endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for president following his controversial proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
The New England Police Benevolent Association said the comments came up in a closed-door meeting to decide which candidate to endorse, but the main reason for its support was because of his history of supporting police.
“Listen, our message very clear: It's what is the next president of the United States going to do to unite this country in an effort to save police officers?" Jerry Flynn, executive director of the NEPBA, said before the meeting, according to The Associated Press. "Because it's open season on police officers."
Trump was the only invited candidate to attend the meeting.
“At this point, those of us who are supportive of any party have to look at what is the best interest of our members,” Flynn added.
Trump spoke to NEPBA members both before and after the endorsement was announced.
“Police forces throughout the country have had a hard time," he said. "A lot of people killed."
Trump also called for the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer.
“I said that one of the first things I'd do in terms of executive order if I win will be sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody killing policemen, policewoman, police officer, anybody killing a police officer, death penalty is going to happen, OK,” he said.