Ventura County Sheriff
According to event organizers, a charity flag football event in honor of fallen Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, one of 12 people who was killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting on November 7, 2018, has been put on hold.
The organizers say the event was planned to be a nonpolitical, nonpartisan event. But a local police chief and a Democratic politician used their muscle to stop it because they didn't want Trump supporters at the event. Scheduled to speak during the event were actor Scott Baio, and singer Joy Villa, both vocal supporters of the president. But it also included Wayne Bilowit, public safety liaison for Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
Mike Randall, who helped organize this event called "The Blue Bowl" said:
"The Fallen Officers which supports the Robert L Zore Foundation effective today will “Postpone” their Blue Bowl Co-Ed Flag Football Tournament for Fallen Officer Ron Helus due to racism, politics and abuse of power from Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin District 44 and Thousand Oaks Police Department Police Chief Tim Hagel. An event that was scheduled for October 6, 2019 and was approved and supported by the Ventura Sheriff's Office and The Helus Family has been in the works for over 6 months....
The Blue Bowl Flag Football Tournament is to benefit the families of the fallen. This is a flag football tournament made up of men, woman and children. The Blue Bowl teams are made up local businesses, families, coworkers, friends, police officers and residents of the area to come together and unite to show support for Law Enforcement and help the families of our Fallen Officers. Our pre-game memorial usually has local, national leaders and speakers who support Law Enforcement. This is never political. We believe that strengthening local and national leaders is important to help support law enforcement and to unite everyone to get respect back for law enforcement. "
Thousand Oaks Police Department Police Chief Tim Hagel says he and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub were scheduled to speak at the event, but cancelled. According to the Ventura County Star, Hagel said:
"The sheriff and I have no interest in talking politics whatsoever. We've encouraged them from the very first day to have their event. It's a noble cause they're doing to honor fallen officers. We're just not participating."
Mike Randall spoke to John & Ken about what happened.