Sheriffs Call on Andrew Gillum to Disavow Dream Defenders
Orlando, Fla. – More than half of the state’s elected Sheriffs today announced they have signed a letter calling on Andrew Gillum to withdraw his pledge to the radical, anti-police Dream Defenders organization.
This comes after the Dream Defenders confirmed Andrew Gillum signed their pledge that calls for defunding the police and prisons.
“I am proud of the more than 35 Sheriffs who are calling on my opponent, Andrew Gillum, to once and for all disavow the Dream Defenders pledge that he signed,” said Ron DeSantis, Republican nominee for Governor of Florida. “In last night’s debate, Andrew Gillum once again skirted the issue. The pledge he signed says he supports the Freedom Papers, the very manifesto that attacks our state’s police officers.”
The letter reads:
We, the undersigned members of Florida’s law enforcement community, ask that you immediately and unequivocally withdraw your pledge to the organization, Dream Defenders. After learning of this organization’s disturbing and anti-law enforcement position and statements, we believe that any candidate wishing to lead our state should in no way be aligned with this radical group.
The pledge you signed not only calls for you to defund police and prisons, but the papers that accompany this pledge wrongly claim, “Police were never meant to protect and serve me and you…Police and prisons have no place in ‘justice’…Police and prisons aren’t just racist but they work to enforce the separations of rich and poor.”
We believe you will agree that anyone seeking to be Florida’s next Governor should support the men and women who put on a badge daily and risk their lives to protect their communities.
We ask that you respond to this request with urgency and agree with us that the men and women of law enforcement in our state deserve respect and support.
The full letter, along with the names of each signee, may be found here.