Across the country, liberals are weaponizing attorney general and district attorney offices in efforts to erode the rule of law and attack our constitutional freedoms.
Recently, the presumptive Democrat nominee for Arizona attorney general shared that if elected, she will ignore the laws she doesn’t like. Specifically, she said that she will refuse to enforce lifesaving legislation, passed in 2022 by the Legislature and signed by the governor, which prohibits terminating pregnancies at 15 weeks.
The job of the attorney general is to protect our way of life by enforcing the law, not choosing which laws to ignore.
Radical left wants to destroy law enforcement
The radical left’s attempt to destroy our cities, neighborhoods and families extends to an all-out attack on law enforcement.
The job of fighting crime continues to become more dangerous and difficult because of efforts to defund the police, liberal DAs’ refusal to prosecute felonious assaults on officers, and politically appointed review boards designed to question split-second decisions made during life threatening events.
In some states, like Colorado and New Mexico, Democrat legislatures have recklessly chosen to eliminate qualified immunity – the legal precedent that protects police officers from civil liability for doing their job. This doctrine allows our men and women in blue to make the decisions necessary to protect citizens, without fear of being sued personally.
States that have dismantled qualified immunity are facing mass retirements and struggling to recruit new officers. This coincides with understaffed departments and a steep spike in violent crime.
Here in Arizona, President Biden has weaponized the Department of Justice to open a “pattern and practice investigation” into the Phoenix Police Department, and woke elected officials are championing review boards composed of individuals without law enforcement experience to punish officers based on feelings instead of facts.
Arizona cities like Phoenix, Chandler and Goodyear are suffering from being hundreds of officers short of what is needed to keep our neighborhoods and residents safe.
AG must prosecute when county attorneys refuse
Sadly, the number of attacks on police officers in Arizona has increased more than 30% in the past five years. According to an analysis by The Arizona Republic, there were roughly 1,000 assaults on Phoenix police officers between 2017 and 2021. Statewide, nearly 2,500 officers were assaulted, with multiple deaths in most years.
Law enforcement is frustrated with the legal response to violent attacks against them. Violence against law enforcement shouldn’t be merely “part of the job” and it’s our attorney general who has the power to prosecute these attacks when county attorneys refuse.
In 2019, county prosecutors did not follow the recommendation of the Phoenix Police Department to charge a man who was among 16 people arrested during a downtown immigration protest and accused of assaulting police officers. When officers are merely carrying out their duties in high-stress situations, it is intolerable for criminals to harm them and walk away without punishment.
Our police deserve an attorney general who will enforce Arizona law and have their backs; because when they take a stand, it matters.
That’s why every single Arizona police association that has made an endorsement in the race for attorney general has endorsed our campaign, because they know I will fight back against any attempt to defund, attack or dismantle our police.
I will always have their six, because they always have ours.