“We must raise pay for officers and address violent crime as we work to build community trust and foster law enforcement accountability.”
Stacey Abrams of Georgia is the latest Democrat to figure out that defunding the police is not intelligent policy, especially as crime skyrockets in cities across the country.
Now that Abrams is again running for Georgia governor, she has put her finger into the political wind and completely reversed her stance on the issue.
It’ll be fascinating to see if the people of Georgia remember where she used to be on this.
Emma Hurt reports at Axios:
Exclusive: Stacey Abrams wants to fund the police
Stacey Abrams says if elected governor of Georgia she will do something Republicans have insisted she won’t: fund the police.
Driving the news: As the second prong of a public safety and criminal justice reform platform first shared with Axios, Abrams is proposing to raise the base pay for Georgia state troopers, adult and juvenile correctional officers and community supervision officers to $50,000 per year.
- She also wants to create a grant program to help local departments raise pay and change the state’s law enforcement training standards and accountability controls.
Why it matters: Taken together with her plan to institute gun control measures, Abrams argues Democrats can do both: “We have to support law enforcement, but we also have to have meaningful accountability.”
Abrams is allowed to change her mind, but that doesn’t change the past.
Mike Miller of RedState has the receipts, and so does the Brian Kemp campaign:
Stacey Abrams Was in Favor of Defunding the Police, Now She Wants to Give Cops a Raise
Abrams’s 2018 loss to Kemp was close — and now, having won their respective primaries, the 2022 rematch promises more of the same; Kemp held a five-point margin in a late May Real Clear Politics poll.
Needless to say, the gloves are already off, on both sides.
Kemp, on Wednesday, released a blistering campaign ad in which he included video of Abrams, “in her own words,” agreeing in principle with defunding America’s police departments.
In her own words, Stacey Abrams said she would DEFUND the police! Abrams’ soft-on-crime policies are dangerous for Georgia.
As Governor, I will continue to fight to give our law enforcement the resources they need to keep Georgia families safe.
Abrams was coaxed into the admission by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, but she made it just the same.
Check out this ad from Brian Kemp:
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In her own words, Stacey Abrams said she would DEFUND the police! Abrams' soft-on-crime policies are dangerous for Georgia.
As Governor, I will continue to fight to give our law enforcement the resources they need to keep Georgia families safe. pic.twitter.com/xuJospsGOq
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) June 22, 2022
Look who’s Ms. Law and Order now:
Law enforcement are often paid less than a living wage, and that is wrong.
We must raise pay for officers and address violent crime as we work to build community trust and foster law enforcement accountability.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) June 23, 2022
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