Police union leaders across the west coast blame the ACLU for adding to the drastic increase in crime and joined forces to launch a website called ACLU Watch which holds the organization accountable for enabling criminals and disparaging victims.
According to the website, ACLU Watch is "...dedicated to fighting for victim's rights, accountability for criminals, and exposing those that defend the indefensible."
Among those behind the website include the Seattle Police Officers Guild, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, and multiple unions in California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Diego.
The president of Los Angeles Police Protective League told Fox News that society begins to collapse when lawlessness takes over and criminals aren't held accountable for their actions.
"When society removes accountability for bad behavior, criminals get emboldened to commit more crimes, drug addicts thumb their noses at mandatory treatment and vandalism and petty theft turn into riotous looting and murder," president Craig Lally said, blaming the ACLU for the rise in smash-and-grab robberies.
"One does not need to be clairvoyant to have predicted that in California the ACLU's Proposition 47 would turn a family trip to the mall or a Home Depot into a dangerous gamble for our residents," Lally continued.
Proposition 47, which passed through legislature in California in 2014, changed shoplifting charges from felonies to misdemeanors for theft's $950 or below. Similar laws have been pushed through Seattle, too.
Mike Solan, president of Seattle Police Officers Guild, announced the launch of the website in a press release on Wednesday and explained that the ACLU would rather protect criminals than champion the rights of victims.
"The old ACLU was once a strong defender of our nation's sacred first amendment, often taking unpopular clients and causes to prevent censorship and protect the freedom of expression. Unfortunately, today's ACLU appears to be more interested in protecting and expanding the rights of sex offenders, murderers, thieves and molesters while attempting to curtail the rights of victims who are seeking justice," Seattle Police Officers Guild explained in the press release.
"ACLU-Watch.com is designed to expose the very real and dangerous positions, policies and programs the ACLU is promoting. Our research validates that the ACLU has lost its way and is clearly more interested in zero bail, reducing felonies to misdemeanors, lowering accountability for drug offenses and fighting for the rights of molesters, murderers, and thieves instead of victims and law abiding residents," SPOG President Mike Solan added.
"Voters beware, if the ACLU is behind a law or ballot measure where you live there is a high likelihood that it won't make you safer," Solan explained.