“I strongly agree with Florida Sheriffs who are calling on my opponent to once and for all disavow the Dream Defenders pledge that he signed,” said Ron DeSantis, Republican nominee for Governor of Florida. “My opponent has consistently skirted the issue and refused to disavow the dangerous, anti-police rhetoric that this group advocates. He has shown the brave men and women of our law enforcement that he will not have their back.”
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.