I am a proud supporter of our police officers as my family is a Law Enforcement Family. I will support any legislation that helps our police and will oppose any legislation that takes away our officer’s funding and rights.
It was a tough week as The Democratic members of the House of Delegates passed HB 670 Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021, which is an anti-police bill. This legislation repeals the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights and makes it harder for a police officer to obtain a “no-knock” search warrants.
Every single Democratic Baltimore County Delegate voted in favor of this “left-wing” legislation. We should be supporting our police officers and not criminals.
I was proud to co-sponsor HB 286 that would make an attack on law enforcement officers and first responders a hate crime. That bill has not come out for a vote yet and it probably won’t this session.
Then I decided to place an amendment on another bill, HB 128 Criminal Law — Hate Crimes — Protected Groups and Penalties, which would add an attack on a police officer to that bill.
The amendment failed and Del. David Moon of Montgomery County criticized the amendment as me pulling “shenanigans”. I did not appreciate his comments as I spoke from the heart. I believe that we need to protect our police officers who are under attack on the streets and now in the legislature.
I will continue to fight hard for law enforcement, but we are in the minority. Who would have thought that the majority of legislatures in Annapolis would become anti-police?
We must come together and treat each other with respect. We need to create a dialogue that can help deescalate the interaction between the community and the police.