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Georgia Sheriff Speaks on Runoff Senate Election and Dangers to the Future of Policing
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Georgia Sheriff Speaks on Runoff Senate Election and Dangers to the Future of Policing

by Leah AnayaDecember 15, 2020

Atlanta, GA – As the runoff election for two Senate seats plays out in Georgia, some in law enforcement have opened up and spoken to reporters regarding their stance on the possibility of Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock winning seats.

Outside of the State Capitol, Gwinett Sheriff Butch Conway said the reelections of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republican incumbents, was absolutely crucial to law enforcement.

Sheriff Conway, who is in his last days in his role, told Townhall, “It’s a sad time to be leaving when you have Democrat politicians running for Senate that want to defund police…We have to have more money for police if we want better police. It’s crazy talk to say you want to defund police. The country will be less safe; I urge all Republicans, Independents, and Conservative Democrats to make sure we don’t have a government controlled by one party. The January 5 vote is the most important vote of my lifetime…Let’s send Loeffler and Perdue back to the Senate.”

Conway also commented on the leaked phone conversation where Joe Biden urged his party members to downplay their “defund the police” movement until after Georgia’s runoff election January 5.

The Intercept obtained a two-hour recording of Biden’s call, where he reportedly said, among other things, “I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you.”

Biden continued, “Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before Jan. 5th, because that’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable.”

To this, Sheriff Conway said, “The safety of this entire country is at stake if police are defunded anywhere. You have to have more training if you want better police. We have to have higher pay if you want better police. More education. You can’t do that by defunding or cutting police budgets…Talking about defunding the police is just insanity.”

Sheriff Conway is also not convinced that Biden really is not for defunding the police, as mentioned in the call.

Conway said, “All we’ve heard for months from the Democrat Party is ‘defund the police.’ Now I understand Joe Biden is talking the other way now, not wanting to talk about ‘defunding the police’ until after this election, but that doesn’t change anything.

“The program by the Democrat Party has been to ‘defund the police,’ to change the basic concept of police work…You’ve got Reverend Warnock who doesn’t respect police. He’s called us ‘thugs.’ I take that as a personal affront, because I don’t know any ‘thug’ police officers.”

While neither Warnock nor Ossoff have made definitive statements of being for defunding the police, both have spoken out against the police as a whole. Warnock has famously referred to police on several occasions as “gangsters,” “thugs,” and “bullies.” Ossoff has said that if police don’t meet “standards” for use of force, their funding should be “on the line.”

Likewise, neither has spoken out against the defund the police movement.

Additionally, both candidates are endorsed by organizations who support the movement. Biden, who has made his stance on the matter clear both publicly and via leaked phone call, is set to campaign for both Democratic candidates ahead of the January 5 election.

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.
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