Backlash against ‘defund the police’ candidates. In a statement supporting incumbent Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, 102 sheriffs in the state condemned Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams over her support of “soft-on-crime policies.”
The statement also criticized Abrams for “advancing the Defund the Police movement” through her board membership for a far left, Seattle-based grant-making group, which the sheriffs called an “anti-police organization.”
The sheriffs wrote:
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.
Ms. Abrams actively serves on the governing board of—and has profited from—an anti-police organization which openly advocates for abolishing prisons and stripping local police departments of their funding.
This year’s Georgia governor race is a rematch between Kemp and Abrams. In 2018, Kemp edged Abrams by 54,723. So far this year it has been a tight race with a recent poll from Easter Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research showing Kemp leading Abrams 50 percent to 45 percent.
The organization noted by the Sheriffs is the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a vocal supporter of the #AbolishthePolice and #DefundthePolice movements, reports The Epoch Times (ET), as shown by the frequent mention of the two Twitter hashtags on the foundation’s social media account.
ET also notes that “the foundation’s 2020 financial filing (pdf), available on its website, shows that it has given grants to groups including the Movement for Black Lives and Louisville Community Bail Fund.”
The sheriffs added:
Stacey Abrams also supports proposals that put criminals back on our streets and clears their criminal record, and she opposed legislation to crack down on human trafficking when she served in the state legislature.
ET reports that:
Abrams’s decision to skip voting twice on an anti-sex trafficking bill (HB 341) was a contentious issue leading up to the 2018 race. At that time, Abrams was the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.
The Sheriffs concluded by saying:
These policies and Ms. Abrams’ role in advocating for them put Georgia’s law enforcement officers and the communities we serve at risk. ADN