In 2015, in a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President Obama warned not to let police get “scapegoated for broader failures of our society and our criminal-justice system.” Unfortunately, over the last few years, far too many – especially in his own party – have sought to do exactly that.
I recently vetoed four bills that would have hindered local law enforcement’s ability to engage in routine cooperation with federal law enforcement, including sanctuary state legislation. This comes after I vetoed three anti-police bills that would erode police morale and community relationships, endanger officers, and undermine public confidence. Meanwhile, the same legislature has refused to pass commonsense legislation to make sure violent criminals are held accountable.
These types of ridiculous bills aren’t just limited to Maryland. They’re part of a disturbing national trend of politicians interfering with the indispensable work of police officers.
As elected officials, our most important job is keeping the people we serve safe, and we all depend on the brave men and women of law enforcement to do it. But, instead of thanking them for their service, politicians are often using the police as a convenient punching bag