Lewis Blasts Smith’s Comments in Wake of Resignations

Lewis Blasts Smith’s Comments in Wake of Resignations

The Left’s Hostile Environment Towards Police Officers Is Leading To Mass Exodus

June 15, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on the hostile environment the Democrats have created towards law enforcement officers and the resulting mass exodus of officers across the country.

“As I have been warning for weeks now, the hostile environment towards law enforcement officers created by the left—with Senator Tina Smith leading the charge—is going to have a detrimental effect on public safety. We are already starting to see that come to fruition as police departments across the country are seeing a mass exodus of law enforcement officers. Here in Minneapolis, at least 13 officers have left the police department or are in the process of separating. This ‘unusually large exodus’ comes during a time where the Minneapolis Police Department is already short-staffed and struggling to serve the community adequately. And, as we have seen after two weeks of touring devastated businesses, the places that suffer the most with lack of policing often are minority neighborhoods.

Last week, Senator Smith took to the floor of the United States Senate to say there is something ‘dangerously wrong with the role police play in society,’ and that feeling relieved when police arrive is ‘about privilege.’ Vilifying all law enforcement officers based on the actions of a few bad cops isn’t just irresponsible, it is dangerous. This is exactly the kind of disparaging language that is leading to this mass exodus. As our leaders continue to fuel hatred of the police, public safety and our communities will continue to suffer. It must stop!

Senator Smith needs to be held accountable for her brazenly hostile comments towards all law enforcement officers. The ongoing safety of our communities depends on it.”