Marshall Statement on Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities
WASHINGTON - Please see U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D.'s statement following President Trump's announcement on the Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities:
"My father was the Chief of Police in El Dorado, Kansas for 25 years. Growing up, he taught us the importance of law and order. He taught us that two wrongs don’t make a right. Most importantly, he instilled in us to respect our fellow man. In the fallout that has followed the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of men and woman in blue are respectful, well-meaning people out there doing a dangerous, and increasingly thankless job. However, we must make examples out of the bad apples. Slaps on the wrist and leaves of absence for bad officers simply won’t cut it any longer. That being said, there needs to be much more rigorous training for our police officers. Psychological and behavioral screening of officer recruits will also take more funding - not less. The idea of defunding our police is wholly absurd and I’ll oppose it."