FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a 17-state coalition in sending a letter to President Trump, Attorney General Andy Barr and Congressional leadership condemning the “Defund the Police” movement and supporting the law-enforcement community.
Cameron says this support is needed to strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“Radical rhetoric and calls to ‘defund the police’ threaten public safety and only serve to divide us further, rather than bringing us together,” he said. “Strong, empowered communities and safe policing are not mutually exclusive; in fact, they must go hand-in-hand in order for the commonwealth to thrive.”
“The American people are yearning for safety, stability and security during these difficult times,” it states in the letter. “Our nation is being torn between those who respect the rule of law and those who rationalize the lawless, tragic burning of our communities while rallying behind the ‘defund the police’ movement. We must defeat the notion that defunding the police will make America safer and focus on what we can do to build trust between law enforcement and our communities.”
“Our goal should be to empower law enforcement to legally and ethically fulfill their duties, not restrict their ability to protect us all,” the letter continues. “We need to give law enforcement the tools and support they need to help people, not take them away.”
“It is also tragic to see so many elected officials cave to the political agenda of certain radical groups within our cities, letting chaos and disorder reign supreme, while putting the safety of so many at risk. Americans deserve better than this kind of capitulation. They deserve to have their lives and property protected by the law.”
The coalition adds that defunding the police will not protect one single American, but will undoubtedly lead to reduced community safety.
Cameron is joined by attorneys general from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, in signing the letter.
Earlier this month, he joined President Trump, Barr and law enforcement stakeholders at the White House for a roundtable discussion on building a stronger relationship between law enforcement and black communities.