Every member of law enforcement deserves a pay raise for the dangers they face while doing their jobs, according to Sen. Josh Hawley, who has presented legislation that will raise officers' pay and put more police on the streets.
"It's time that we stood up and supported our law enforcement," the Missouri Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The safety of our neighborhoods depends on it."
Hawley's bill is called the "David Dorn Back the Blue Act" and named for the Black 77-year-old St. Louis retired police captain who was killed during looting after the death of George Floyd.
“In St. Louis alone, there have been nine police officers shot in the line of duty since June — nine,” said Hawley. "We hear nothing from the Democrats, nothing from the woke corporations and celebrities, and that’s why I’m introducing this bill."
He added that there is a "great divide" between Democrats and the left on one side and law enforcement on the other, as "the left has decided that it is open season on law enforcement."
"They have decided to embrace this Marxist rhetoric," Hawley said. "They are trying to tear down law enforcement, trying to tear down American society, saying all of it is systemically racist."
But its time to reject that rhetoric as false and stand by law enforcement, said Hawley.
He also said he should be surprised, but "I guess I'm not" that Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democrat vice presidential nominee and California senator, has not visited the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were shot over the weekend.
"It is absolutely unconscionable to see the Democrat Party again stand by while law enforcement are shot," said Hawley. "I will tell you who's going to hurt in all of this is working people in working neighborhoods, who depend every day on law enforcement to keep their families safe."
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