Assemblyman Karl Brabenec encourages everyone to support law enforcement officers. Additionally, Brabenec is calling on the Governor to suspend the bail reform changes adopted last year indefinitely through an Executive Order. Amidst uncertain protesting situations in New York State and around the country, police officers are being cast in an overwhelmingly dark light and their jobs have been made harder by the flawed bail reform laws. Brabenec is urging other law enforcers to speak out in support as well.
“There should not be a one-sided narrative to the current state of our country, but there is,” said Brabenec. “Police officers are being condemned for trying to keep the peace. Violent protesters have assaulted police officers and, still, the media is justifying riots and destruction of property as being ‘the tip of the iceberg.’ I am speaking out to show my support for all law-enforcement officers because it seems some are afraid to speak up for fear of being reprimanded.”
Brabenec continued, “Blue Lives Matter! Police officers sacrifice their lives to protect yours, and while everyone agrees that the actions that led to George Floyd’s death should be condemned, I cannot sit by while every cop is collectively labeled as evil and racist. In fact, that line of thinking is exactly what the protesters are speaking out against. I do fully support our constitution and our right to peaceful assembly. The great thing about being American is our constitutional right to assembly and free speech. I want to make sure, however, that if things take a turn for the worse, our police officers will be able to act without fear of being publicly chastised.”