by Shaun Kenney
Virginia Democrats have been playing a bit of a cat-and-mouse game over defunding Virginia law enforcement professionals as punishment for standing up to the BLM/Antifa mobs that have destroyed places such as Downtown Richmond.
Looks like this Friday, the payback was delivered.
Back in May, Delegate Lee Carter (D-Manassas) joined a protest where he got a dose of pepper spray after a confrontation with police.
Carter was decidedly non-plussed, screaming at law enforcement:
“I’m a member of the General Assembly — I write the state police’s budget. They’re gonna ****ing regret this.”
On Friday, Virginia Democrats are allowing Delegate Carter to apply the coup de grace and follow through on his promise to defund the police with a budget amendment that slashes our Virginia State Police budget by 25% while punishing local deputies and police by a further $41 million in cuts.
Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle) is sounding the alarm:
Meanwhile, Delegate Kay Kory (D-Fairfax) proposed cuttingmillions from the School Resource Officer (SRO) program, even though in a recent U.Va. study, a majority of students have said that such officers make them feel safer.
And, on a party-line vote, Senate Democrats passed their proposal to eliminate the mandatory penalty for anyone who assaults a police officer. This bill will now come to the House.
All of these measures will make it much harder for law enforcement in Virginia.
Of course, national Democrats have been denying the left-wing push to defund and dismantle law enforcement as a downright lie. The media has faithfully reported this narrative.
One truly has to wonder why.
Either way, Carter’s open threats to law enforcement now seem to have taken legislative form. Which begs the question with regards to Democratic efforts to defund Virginia’s police, doesn’t it?
Should we believe the left-wing narrative? Or our lying eyes?
The proof is right here for those with eyes to see.
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Shaun Kenney is the editor of The Republican Standard, former chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Fluvanna County, and a former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia.