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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warned of the “dangerous path” the nation is taking if demands are followed through to defund and dismantle police departments.
The Republican attorney general spoke about how defunding the police will ultimately lead to chaos during an interview with “Fox & Friends Weekend” following the release of a new video in support of law enforcement.
(Source: Fox News)
“You know, we are hearing statements from so-called leaders across our nation quite frankly dangerous and I believe will lead down a very, very dangerous path for our country,” Moody told Fox News co-host Jedediah Bila on Saturday.
“They are subversive to our democracy under a rule of law,” she added, noting it is “important to get the message out” amid the din of liberals demanding the reduction of police department budgets and, in some radical calls, a complete removal of law enforcement.
“I’m not only the Attorney General of Florida. I’m the wife of a law enforcement officer, a former prosecutor, a former judge,” Moody said.
“I have seen what the men and women that put on a badge every day not knowing how their shift will turn out, how their safety will evolve through that shift. What they do for our communities. How integral they are to the civility and order to our communities,” she added.
The Republican Attorneys General Association released a new video advertisement in an effort to get the message out in support of law enforcement and to warn of the dangers facing American cities without police.
“Imagine an America without police,” the captions read over video of recent rioting, looting and civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
“No law. No order. No Justice. Anarchy,” the video continued, with news clips of leaders calling for the defunding of police as well as voices like Moody’s and other Republican attorneys general arguing against the radical move.
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“We have got to speak out,” Moody told Bila. “And not just attorneys general or governors or elected leaders. People in the community need to step up and say these kind of statements to dismantle the police are irresponsible, short-sighted and they will lead to unimaginable crime and corruption.”
“You know, very difficult time to be a police officer who just’s to put that badge on every day, go out and protect people and do the job of keeping communities safe,” Bila interjected. “I have spoken to a lot of police officers that say I don’t know if I can do this anymore. This sentiment, this anti-police sentiment is really taking a toll on them.”
“There are many people who do feel that the vast majority of cops are good people but that the system does need some reform,” Bila added, asking what the Florida AG what she thought of President Trump’s Executive Order on police reform.
The president’s order signed earlier this week included a ban on chokeholds by police in certain instances as well as calling for more accountability and transparency.
Moody noted that the president is not calling for defunding police departments like the radical left but is advocating making “smart rational reasonable reforms.”
She contended that Trump’s actions in signing the order “acknowledges there are problems to be fixed but also draws attention and support for the men and women who sign up for dangerous jobs that so many would never do, we have to stand by them. We have to support them.”
Bila brought up criticisms that contend the executive order doesn’t do enough, and that while the immunity can protect “good cops from bad lawsuits,” it can also shield “bad cops.”
“President Trump did what he could do as president of the United States to make needed reforms while supporting the men and women that volunteer for these jobs with the training and resources and data they need,” Moody responded.
“Congress now needs to step up in a bipartisan way and do their job as our government,” she added.
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