Democrat Rep. Angie Craig tries to roll back anti-law enforcement record

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Vulnerable Democrat Angie Craig (MN) has tried to hide her anti-law enforcement history by recently changing her stance on lifting qualified immunity for police officers ahead of a tough reelection battle.

The Minneapolis Star Stand reported this month that Craig, who will face Republican Tyler Kistner in November, is trying to reverse some of her previous stances after voting for anti-law enforcement legislation to waive qualified immunity for police officers and punish the police.

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Craig told the Star Stand that her “thinking has evolved” since she voted for anti-law enforcement legislation.

“Knowing what I know now and how attacks on law enforcement have negatively impacted recruitment and retention and morale and how these factors are hurting public safety efforts,” Craig added. “I think qualified immunity should continue to apply to our law enforcement officers.”

Last year, Craig co-sponsored and voted for HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, which would effectively “degrade the police” if signed into law by costing hundreds of millions of dollars a year, restricting to police practices, and abolish protections for law enforcement. Republicans described the bill as a plan to “downgrade the police force”.

Craig even voted against condemning calls to punish the police.

The Democrats wanted to use the bill in their anti-police vote last year to waive qualified immunity from law enforcement. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) explained that “qualified immunity is an essential part of policing” and that eliminating it “would have a profoundly chilling effect on police officers, limiting their ability and willingness to act without hesitation.” respond to critical incidents.”

An analysis of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) at the time said the bill would cost more than 18,000 police departments across the country significant costs. “More than 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country would be affected by the bill’s requirements,” the CBO said in a letter to congressional top Republicans.

In fact, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) – which Craig announced on Tuesday, she approved — even lobbied the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the federally qualified immunity change, according to their spokeswoman Leslie Rosedahl.

In November 2021, Craig also traveled to Los Angeles to raise money with the Heart of LA Democratic Club, a far-left group that has repeatedly supported calls to relieve the police. However, the Heart of LA Democratic Club is not the only group to support Craig and support police defunding.

The congresswoman has been supported by radical defund de police groups in the past, taking tens of thousands of dollars from groups such as Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, NARAL and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s pro-defunding police super PAC reportedly has a “litmus test” requiring candidates seeking their approval to pledge that they would “reduce the annual law enforcement budget.

In addition, the Washington Free Beacon reported in February that Craig’s top staff, Liz Young, supported the move to relieve the police in June 2020. tweet while also writing, “finance advisers, not police”:

The district director of Rep. Angie Craig, Liz Young, supported the movement to bring the police into a Tweet from June 2020, writing that cities should “fund advisers, not police.” On the same day, Young shared a report on police-involved deaths in New York with the caption “Burn. It. All. Down.” She later downplayed the literal burning down of a Minneapolis police station, to argue that if the station were replaced by a health clinic or library, “it would do infinitely more good”. also young encouraged her followers to contribute to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a radical nonprofit that supports the defining police force and works toward the release of horrific criminals, including an alleged child molester and an accused domestic abuser arrested for charges just weeks after his release. murder.

With all of this, Mike Berg, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), slammed Craig’s law enforcement record, telling Breitbart News, “No matter how hard Angie Craig tries, she can’t help her anti-law enforcement.” hide file. Angie Craig will always stand behind anti-police radicals when it comes down to it.”

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association did not respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write it down [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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