Ford employees ask if company should stop building police vehicles

Published: July 10, 2020  Updated: July 10, 2020 at 7:58 am EST

An estimated 100 employees of Ford Motor Co. have asked the automaker to reconsider building and selling police vehicles in light of controversy related to police brutality and social justice, the Free Press confirmed late Wednesday.

The issue has been raised with Ford executives by employees during at least one virtual town hall and a series of letters sent to executives since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Over the past six weeks, civil rights protests have roiled the streets of Detroit and cities across the country as debate about police reform grows. Auto executives and business leaders in Detroit have made headlines with calls for racial justice.

Ford, along with General Motors, has taken additional steps to advocate for accountability in recent weeks. Ford also announced plans to pull its social media spending amid calls for action against misinformation and hate speech.

While Ford is not in a position to shape public policy, Ford CEO Jim Hackett and executive chairman Bill Ford have committed to engaging in public dialogue and providing corporate leadership — as has GM CEO Mary Barra and Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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