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Fraternal Order of Police speak out against Justice Department nomination

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The man President Obama picked to head the Justice Department's civil rights division has been voted down by the Senate.

His name is Debo Adegbile.

And many members of the law enforcement community are also against the president's choice.

Adegbile defended a killer in a high profile case.

But the man he served to defend killed a man who served to protect.

A member of the Philadelphia Police Department.

And that is something law enforcement officers believe makes Adegbile the wrong person for this job.

The Fraternal Order of Police is not happy with the nomination of Debo Adegbile for a top spot in the justice department.

Vice-president of the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, Sgt. Jerry Mundt said "it was basically a slap in the face to law enforcement all over the united states to have him nominated for that position."

And that's because members of the national police union remember the story behind the man Adegbile defended.

"Danny Faulkner pulled him over in the red light district in Philadelphia at 3:50 in the morning, while Danny Faulkner was talking to this person's brother. He was basically executed. He was sentenced to death and then Mr. Adegbile stepped up to the plate and defended him and got the death sentence removed," Mundt said.

The Fraternal Order of Police contacted senators with their concerns.

Senator John Thune said "that record doesn't withstand scrutiny when it comes to someone being qualified for this high level position within the Justice Department. And you look back to his past record and this particular incident which has justifiably gotten the law enforcement community so worked up."

With the vote against Adegbile's nomination, it appears senators were listening.

"We were very pleased. I'm glad the system works like it's supposed to, he should not have been put in that position. It was a poor nomination," Mundt said.

Senator Tim Johnson supported the nomination.

He says our justice system gives everyone the right to a fair trial and representation.

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