State Legislators Warn Law Enforcement, Citizens on Dangers of Defunding Police Ahead of Special Session

State Legislators Warn Law Enforcement, Citizens on Dangers of Defunding Police Ahead of Special Session

The new leftist leadership in Richmond will callously throw anyone and everyone under the bus for the sake of political expediency–even if that means endangering the lives of Virginia students.

August 5, 2020

As the August 18th General Assembly Special Session approaches, two Virginia legislators are preemptively warning state and local law enforcement officials of what is in store as Democrat leadership prepares for a number of bills in response to the defund the police movement. In a letter to law enforcement officials, State Delegate William C. Wampler III said House Democrats have filed bills ranging from removing school resource officers from schools and defunding operational budgets to even banning the use of bullets and rubber bullets.

“In addition to the Governor’s call to special session and the defund the police movement taking place right now, the House Courts of Justice and Public Safety Committees met jointly in late July and discussed priorities for the upcoming special session. Some of the recommendation laid out in this meeting were startling and include:

  • Defunding of operational budgets
  • Removing School Resource Officers from our schools
  • Ending “no-knock” warrants in the Commonwealth
  • Dismantling and defunding SWAT and Tactical Teams across Virginia
  • Prohibiting use of “kinetic energy projectiles” (which could include bullets, rubber bullets, and other projectiles); also prohibiting the use of tear gas and other non-lethal deterrents
  • Expanding the means to de-certify officers;
  • Removing qualified immunity statutes from the Virginia Code for law enforcement agents” – Delegate Will Wampler

State Senator Todd Pillion (R-Abingdon) took to social media and encouraged local school boards in passing a resolution to send to Gov. Northam in support of school resource officers. Pillion also questioned the political motives behind Democrat leadership’s about-face on funding the school resource officer program after supporting the program just 5 months ago in the regular 2020 General Assembly session.

During my time in the General Assembly, I have voted with the majority of my colleagues to support this program, investing over $14 million to support SROs in our schools since 2015. Despite receiving bipartisan support just 5 months ago, SROs have now become a political target in the August 18 special session called by Governor Northam. As for me, I will continue supporting our SROs. — Senator Todd Pillion

Just last year, Gov. Northam patted himself on the back for allocating more funding to school resource officers.

It is paramount that we continue to make smart investments to keep Virginia schools safe and to create supportive learning environments for our students. The school resource officers and school security officers hired through these grants not only make our schools safer, but also enhance our communities by building strong positive relationships with students, faculty, and parents.Governor Northam.

This came after a bi-partisan committee on school safety was formed and made a number of school safety recommendations after the tragic Parkland High School shooting in Florida. Now that the political winds have shifted, it has become more apparent that the new leftist leadership in Richmond will callously throw anyone and everyone under the bus for the sake of political expediency–even if that means endangering the lives of Virginia students.

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