90 Miles From Tyranny : 38 Florida Sheriffs Demand Andrew Gillum Withdraw Anti-Cop Pledge

Saturday, October 27, 2018

38 Florida Sheriffs Demand Andrew Gillum Withdraw Anti-Cop Pledge

Thirty-eight elected Florida Sheriffs on Thursday called on Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum to “immediately and unequivocally withdraw” his support for a radical organization’s “Freedom Pledge” that refers to anti-police rhetoric.

The letter to Gillum from the sheriffs reads:

We, the undersigned members of Florida’s law enforcement community, ask that you immediately and unequivocally withdraw your pledge to the organization, Dream Defenders. After learning of this organization’s disturbing and anti-law enforcement position and statements, we believe that any candidate wishing to lead our state should in no way be aligned with this radical group.

The pledge you signed not only calls for you to defund police and prisons, but the papers that accompany this pledge wrongly claim, “Police were never meant to protect and serve me and you…Police and prisons have no place in ‘justice’…Police and prisons aren’t just racist but they work to enforce the separations of rich and poor.”

We believe you will agree that anyone seeking to be Florida’s next Governor should support the men and women who put on a badge daily and risk their lives to protect their communities.

The pledge in question is a project of Dream Defenders, an anti-Israel, anti-capitalist group with which Gillum has evidenced a longtime close personal and professional relationship.

The pledge cites support for the organization’s socialist-style “Freedom Papers,” which declare that “police and prisons have no place in ‘justice.’” The papers further claim police “were never meant to protect and serve me and you” and “started as slave catchers hired by wealthy plantation owners.”

Dream Defenders’ “Freedom Papers,” endorsed in the pledge signed by Gillum, advocatetextbook socialist principals such as claiming that “by virtue of being born each of us has the absolute right to adequate food, shelter, clothing, water, healthcare, effective public transportation, dignified work, living wages.”

Gillum’s campaign responded to the controversy over his signing of the pledge saying that he was supportive of police as mayor of Tallahassee.

“The mayor has been a strong ally of law enforcement in Tallahassee, investing in additional officers to help reduce crime across the city,” said Johanna Cervone, spokeswoman for Gillum’s campaign. “As Mayor Gillum has previously said, he will not take money from the private prison industry and instead will invest in community policing, smart justice and strategies that work with communities to reduce crime and create better opportunities for all Floridians.”

Gillum previously posted a picture of himself on Facebook posing with Phillip Agnew, the co-founder of Dream Defenders. “Ran into two...

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1 comment:

  1. Whoever stole that giant colon is a huge asshole, IMHO.


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