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GOP AGs Speak Out Against 'Reckless' Calls to Defund Police

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron attended Monday's law enforcement roundtable at the White House
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron attended Monday's law enforcement roundtable at the White House. (Doug Mills/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 June 2020 03:37 PM

Fear not, peace-loving Americans in red states, your attorneys general sound like they are not going to be pressured by angry protesters to defund the police. 

A number of Republican AGs denounced the moves of some Democratic leaders on cutting funding to protect their communities amid riots in protest of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"Calls to defund and disband the police are extremely dangerous & reckless; that's not the right answer," Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a black man and former University of Louisville football player, told President Donald Trump's White House roundtable with nationwide law enforcement officials. "We face incredible public safety challenges throughout the Commonwealth that can only be solved when law enforcement and our communities work together."

Cameron's state has been hit with protests, too, over the killing of Breonna Taylor, an EMT, in a no-knock police raid. The man the police had a warrant for a drug arrest did not live in that apartment complex and had already been detained, according to reports.

But Republican AGs are adamant in maintaining law and order, despite the calls to the contrary amid tragedies.

Texas AG Ken Paxton tweeted:

"Will the same liberals who want to 'defund the police' also be willing give up their security details?"

Democrats who claim to be seeking social justice and equality, will be merely giving the rich and powerful more power and control at the expense of underprivileged communities, Republicans argue.

"In a world where police are powerless and anarchy reigns free, the wealthy could afford to hire — and, as night follows day, certainly would hire — private security forces to protect themselves and their palatial estates," Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement, Fox News reported. "And what about the rest of society?

"The truth of the matter is that the 'elites' promoting the 'Defund the Police' movement are too busy peddling lies about law enforcement and our country to care about the effects of the ideas they advance."

Antifa and Black Lives Matter have been promoting the defund the police campaign after George Floyd's murder by a now-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Chauvin was seen in video holding his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd was begging for mercy and saying he could not breathe.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not on board with calls to defund the police, though, campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said, per Fox News.

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