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Virginia | August 3, 2021

VA Sheriffs Pull Endorsement of Democratic AG Over ‘Defund’ Movement

Virginia | August 3, 2021

Virginia attorney general Mark Herring (D.) wrongly touted the endorsement of two local sheriffs who instead backed Herring’s GOP opponent, citing the Democratic Party’s push to defund police.

Herring released an endorsement list Monday that included Smyth County sheriff Chip Shuler and Dickenson County sheriff Jeremy Fleming. In a Monday afternoon statement, Shuler said Herring’s endorsement list “erroneously listed my name,” adding that Herring “should know because I left the Democrat Party in the same way they left law enforcement.”

“I am now a proud member of the Republican Party because I see that they are the party that stands with and supports law enforcement,” Shuler said. “Let me be clear—in the race for Attorney General, not only will I be endorsing Republican Challenger Jason Miyares, but I will be casting my ballot for him in November.”

Herring deleted the initial endorsement announcement, releasing an updated list Monday night that removed Shuler but included Fleming. The Dickenson County sheriff responded by issuing a Tuesday statement endorsing Miyares and accusing Herring of abandoning law enforcement “over the past eight years.”

“As the extreme wings of the party degraded us and called for us to be disbanded and defunded, Mark Herring did nothing—he left us defenseless and unsupported,” Fleming said. “This is why despite my political affiliation with the Democrat Party, I am publicly endorsing Jason Miyares for Attorney General—NOT Mark Herring.”.. (Excerpts from Washington Free Beacon)

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Washington | July 29, 2021

Seattle mayor calls for more police after six shootings in one weekend

Washington | July 29, 2021

Mayor Jenny Durkan said Seattle lost 250 officers over the past 17 months

The mayor of Seattle is calling on the city to rebuild its depleted police force after six separate shootings rocked Washington state’s largest metropolitan area over the weekend.

“As a city, we cannot continue on this current trajectory of losing police officers,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said during a Monday press conference. “Over the past 17 months, the Seattle Police Department has lost 250 police officers which is the equivalent of over 300,000 service hours. We’re on path to losing 300 police officers.”

Durkan added that the weekend violence is a “reminder” that there are certain emergency situations that require sworn police officers.

We are creating meaningful alternatives,” Durkan said in reference to efforts in the city being made to redirect funding and manpower to community based groups. “But, as I said last year, the city has an obligation to still continue constitutional policing and respond to 911 calls.

“It is a false choice between community-led solutions and police officers,” Durkan said. “We need both.”

The mayor said she will be submitting a plan to hire more police officers and rebuild the depleted force.

“Not unexpected, losing these number of officers, when city leaders talk about cutting the department by 50%,” Durkan said. “You will lose employees. Families need security. Workers, even police officers, need working conditions that support them. We cannot just cut. We need a plan.”

Over the weekend, six different shootings in Seattle left four people dead and seven injured… (Excerpts from Fox News)

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Michigan | July 25, 2021

USA Today Poll: 90 Percent of Detroit Residents Want More Police

Michigan | July 25, 2021

Detroit residents resoundingly reject the defund the police movement, with around 90% saying they would feel safe with more police, not less, according to a new poll.

They are far more worried about public safety than police reform, and three out of four respondents reject the “defund the police” slogan by leftists, the USA Today/Suffolk University/Detroit Free Press Poll found.

“It’s scary sitting in the house, and when you go outside to the gas station or the store, it’s possible someone will be shooting right next to you,” lifelong Detroit resident Charlita Bell, 41, who was among those polled, told USA Today….

(Excerpts from Newsmax)

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Michigan | July 9, 2021

Michigan Attorney General, Police to Probe People Who Made Election Fraud Claims

Michigan | July 9, 2021

Michigan’s attorney general, with assistance from police officers, will investigate people who claimed election fraud happened during the 2020 contest.

A spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told news outlets on Thursday that the Democrat will probe people who allegedly made false claims, with help from Michigan State Police.

The spokeswoman said Nessel decided to launch the probes on a request from Republicans in the Michigan Senate.

A Republican-controlled Senate panel last month issued a report saying it “found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.”

A portion of the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee report focused on Antrim County, where the county clerk falsely reported on the morning after Election Night that Democrat Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump by thousands of votes. The senators said their review backed the position of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Antrim County officials, which is that the false reporting was due to human error and was ultimately rectified…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Illinois, New York | July 7, 2021

More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend

Illinois, New York | July 7, 2021

At least 233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year’s holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.

According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said.
The significant drop in shootings and shooting victims comes as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime.
Last year’s holiday weekend came as the nation was starting to reopen after the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders and amid mass protests related to the killing of George Floyd. CNN has requested 2019 data…
(Excerpts from CNN)
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Virginia | July 6, 2021

Southwest Virginia’s Police Officers Quitting at Alarming Rate

Virginia | July 6, 2021

In rural southwest Virginia, the number of police officers quitting their jobs is turning heads.

“In total, Roanoke County saw 28 of its police officers leave during 2020, about one-fifth of its department,” The Roanoke Times reported. “That is both abnormal and normal all at once — abnormal because it’s twice as high as the turnover the agency would expect in a typical year. Normal because it tracks with a surge in police departures unfolding nationwide.”

After several volatile years culminating in a summer of massive riots around the country in 2020 after the death of George Floyd, many police in urban areas are simply walking off the job.

In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died at the hands of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer who has been convicted of murder, the city began 2021 with 200 fewer officers on the force than it did in 2020. More than 150 officers there were on “extended leave” and several more took early retirement.

The Seattle Police declared a “staffing crisis” earlier this year. In Louisville, Kentucky, the depleted police force lost 20 percent of its officers.

All three of those cities saw mass rioting and lawlessness last summer…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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