ICYMI: Gov. Kemp, Law Enforcement Leaders Denounce Abrams’ Support of Defund the Police

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 30, 2022

ATLANTA – This week, Governor Kemp and leaders in law enforcement throughout Georgia joined forces to denounce Stacey Abrams’ active role in advancing the Defund the Police movement.

Fox News Digital: Over 100 Georgia sheriffs condemn Stacey Abrams over ‘defund the police’ foundation ties

Over 100 sheriffs in the Peach State condemned Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams over her ties to a foundation that supports defunding law enforcement as well as her “soft-on-crime policies.”

The sheriffs wrote that Kemp and his family have stood in solidarity with them over the course of his first gubernatorial term, writing the governor “championed legislation to recruit and retain more officers into the profession, strengthen penalties for criminals and help keep Georgia’s streets safe, and prevent rogue local governments from stripping critical funding and resources from police.”

“In stark contrast, Stacey Abrams has repeatedly shown complete disdain for law enforcement and the risk we take every day putting our lives on the line to serve our communities,” they continued.

Read the full story here.

Breitbart: Over 100 Sheriffs Slam Stacey Abrams on ‘Defund the Police,’ ‘Soft on Crime Policies’

Georgia gubernatorial Democrat nominee Stacey Abrams was hammered by 102 sheriffs who signed a joint statement “condemning” the candidate for supporting the “Defund the Police movement” and “soft on crime policies.”

The sheriffs then stated that if Abrams’ policies were to be implemented, it would put them and the communities they protect “at risk.”

“In these uncertain times, it is critical to our profession that Georgia’s leaders stand firmly behind the men and women in law enforcement who keep Georgia families safe,” the statement further read. “We are grateful to have the support of Governor Kemp and his administration, and we call on Stacey Abrams to disavow the dangerous policies she supports.”

Kemp has been a consistent supporter of law enforcement since taking office. The governor signed a bill in May 2021 “to prevent law enforcement from being defunded in the state,” Breitbart News reported at the time.

Read the full story here.

Rome News Tribune: Kemp allies go after Abrams as anti-police

“The Georgia Constitution says it is the paramount duty of government to protect persons and property,” GOP Attorney General Chris Carr said during a news conference at Kemp’s campaign headquarters in Smyrna. “Yet, Stacey Abrams and the Democrats are more interested in protecting violent criminals than in protecting vulnerable communities.”

Wednesday’s news conference followed a TV ad the Kemp campaign launched last week accusing Abrams of supporting the defund the police movement. The ad showed a clip from an interview with CNN in which Abrams was asked whether she supported defunding and answered, “We have to reallocate resources – so, yes.”

Two of the more than 100 Georgia sheriffs who have endorsed Kemp for reelection in November and appeared at Wednesday’s news conference said the defund the police movement has hurt morale within law enforcement ranks.

“This makes it harder and harder to attract people to the jobs we need to fill,” Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said.

Read the full story here.

Fox News Channel: Gov. Kemp: Abrams’ call to reallocate funds is ‘codeword for defunding the police’

Governor Kemp joined The Story with Martha MacCallum to discuss Abrams’ support of the Defund the Police movement.

Watch the full interview here.


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