AG: Build Trust Between Law Enforcement And Communities, Do Not ‘Defund Police’

TOPEKA – Rather than answering calls to “defund the police,” federal lawmakers should support efforts that build trust between law enforcement and communities in order to make all Americans safer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt told federal leaders on June 24.

Schmidt, along with 16 other state attorneys general, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House and Senate criticizing the “defund the police” movement and backing professionalism in law enforcement in order to make all Americans safer and restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“The American people are yearning for safety, stability, and security during these difficult times,” the attorneys general wrote 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.


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