Congressman introducing resolution to support police
Colorado Congressman Ken Buck (R) plans to introduce a House resolution to show support for U.S. law enforcement and reject the defund the police movement.
“Democrat mayors and governors are allowing anarchists to burn our cities to the ground,” Buck told Fox News. “The least we can do is offer our nation’s law enforcement officers our sincerest thanks and appreciation for their sacrifice to serve our communities regardless of the political winds of the day. Defunding the police will only make our cities less safe.”
Calls for defunding the police have continued to grow in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles and New York but at least 20 House members are joining Buck in rejecting those calls.
“Defund the police is radical and dangerous. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve. Glad to join @RepKenBuck in recognizing their hard work,” tweeted Congressman Greg Steube (R) of Florida.
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has also announced its support for the legislation.
“With this resolution, you are standing up and acknowledging the dedicated and ethical services of the men and women in law enforcement. Today, officers are working in an untenable environment,” the organization said in a statement.
They went on to point out that law enforcement officers are putting their lives at risk to protect communities during the coronavirus.
“They are working double shifts and overtime on the front lines as cities and towns across the nation experience daily protests and all too frequent riots. Further, officers in our nation’s largest cities are experiencing significant increases in violent crimes – particularly gun-related crimes – that are straining the resources of departments. They are doing all this in the face of hatred for the uniform they wear, for the laws they are bound by duty to enforce.”
Earlier this month, NAPO issued their endorsement of President Donald Trump pointing to his strong support of law enforcement.
The calls to defund the police come in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. His murder sparked national protests and riots and reignited racial tensions across the country. Both the U.S. Senate and House each attempted to pass police reform bills but they were eventually shelved due to a lack of bipartisanship.
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