Dallas Police Sgt. Demetrick Pennie responds to politically charged personal attack.
24/8 18 – DALLAS, TX – Dallas Police Sergeant Demetrick Pennie is fighting for the truth. On August 17,2018, a damning news article was written by the Dallas Morning News newspaper regarding Sergeant Demetrick Pennie and his two benevolent foundations, Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation and Texas Fallen Officer Foundation. The sergeant believes the article was a politically charged “decapitation attempt” on his character and foundations for publicly supporting, now, President Donald Trump when he was a candidate for the office. The sergeant states, “This attack on my character and my foundations won’t go unanswered.” The sergeant is now weighing legal action against the newspaper.
On September 7, 2016 the Dallas Morning News publicly endorsed Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton for president. Ten days after this endorsement, Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, with conservative “powerhouse” attorney Larry Klayman, filed a federal lawsuit against then President Barrack Obama, Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton and financier George Soros for inciting race riots and violence against police. It was Sergeant Pennie’s belief that this violence led to the deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas, Texas on July 7th2016 and subsequently many more nationwide. After the filing of this lawsuit went public, the sergeant says the death threats and smear attempts have come in bunches. Sergeant Pennie stated, “The Dallas Morning News did not like the fact that I sued their candidate and subsequently supported Donald Trump for President.” The sergeant then states, “My story went nationwide. This is when I landed in the Dallas Morning News’s crosshairs. On August 17th, 2018, they took their shot!”
Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation
Sergeant Demetrick Pennie is the current president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. He took over the organization in late 2014. At that time, the organization was dormant, had an expired 501(c)3 status and exactly $0 in the bank. Sergeant Pennie reorganized the foundation, renewed it’s 501(c)3 status and raised $19,416 after expenses in 2015. In 2016, the sergeant found his fundraising swagger and raised $1,375,144. Out of this fundraising haul, the sergeant paid $570,788 directly to families of fallen officers. After paid benefits, fees and expenses, the foundation allocated $733,998 to pay future benefits to officers critically injured or killed in the line of duty. In 2017, the benefit allocation for critically injured or deceased officers grew to $884,059. Sergeant Pennie states, “100% of the money we collect goes toward our mission. To date, we have over $800,000 allocated to pay future benefits to the families of officers killed or critically injured in the line of duty. Every cent of what we collect is accounted for. We are an open book. Something you rarely see from 501(c)3 organizations. We hide nothing!”
Texas Fallen Officer Foundation
The Texas Fallen Officer Foundation was established in August 2016 by Sgt. Demetrick Pennie.
Sergeant Pennie says he formed this organization to help more families of fallen officers, not just in Dallas, but statewide. The sergeant states, “I felt a divine calling to assist these families. It became my passion in life.” In 2016, the organization used T-shirt sales, cookouts and personal donations in an attempt to raise money. They were able to raise $22,313 that year. All of the donations (100%) were allocated to pay future benefits to families. No salaries were paid or fees incurred. In 2017, Sgt Pennie looked for better ways to raise money for the organization. He stated the t-shirt sales and cookouts did not generate enough revenue for the foundation to survive or have any impact on families’ in need. The sergeant says he reviewed the Texas State Attorney General’s website and read about the high-cost option of telemarketing. After thorough examination, Sgt. Pennie signed his companies up and began raising money for officers’ families. In 2017, with the help of telemarketers, Texas Fallen Officer Foundation had a banner year, raising over $1,009,257. However, TFOF’s contract required them to pay $748,576 to telemarketers for helping them raise the money. The TFOF also paid $84,699 in benefits to families in 2017. Sgt. Pennie stated, “We either use the telemarketers and pay their fees or don’t use them and raise little to nothing for the families.” Sgt. Pennie also stated, “I wish they gave the foundation a higher percentage of money raised so we can have more allocated for family benefits. However, that’s not the case.” He went on to say, “My passion is to help the families, regardless of the cost. The money raised has paid cash benefits to families, put fresh flowers on officers’ graves, sponsored social benefits for widows and assisted families of officers killed or critically injured in the line of duty. You can’t put a price on that assistance!” Sgt. Pennie says if he could provide this type of assistance at a cheaper price, he would. He states, “We are constantly looking for better ways to raise money for our mission. There are people that believe we pay telemarketers 74% out of all money we collect, that’s just not true. If it were true our combined fundraising totals for the past three years would need to be more than $6.2 million dollars, let me be the first to tell you we don’t raise anywhere near that much. So please don’t believe the lies you read or twisted facts you hear, ask me personally!”
About Sgt. Demetrick Pennie
Sgt. Demetrick Pennie is a 19-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. He has his doctorate degree in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. He served four years in the US Army from 1995-1999. Sgt. Pennie is currently a nationally recognized law enforcement advocate. He appears regularly on the Fox Business Network.
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