Barrasso: Defunding Police Is Dangerous Idea; Invites Crime Without Punishment

Sen. John Barrasso said defunding police would invite crime without punishment.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

June 10, 20202 min read

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Sen John Barrasso on Tuesday said the calls by some to defund the police are misguided and added that, if anything, more resources should to go law enforcement.

Speaking on Fox News, Barrasso said defunding the police would make things less safe for Wyoming and American citizens.

“When I hear this call by Democrats all across the country to defund the police, to me that is dangerous,” Barrasso said.  “That is dangerous. That is inviting crime without punishment.  The police have a vital role as public servants. Lots of responsibility to provide safety and security.”

“As opposed to taking resources away, I think they may need more — more for training. There is a lot of improvement that needs to be done and I think they need more resources to get that done,” he said.

Barrasso said lasting, bipartisan solutions are necessary to ensure equal justice is carried out for all citizens.

To that end, he suggested the creation of a national databank to ensure that police officers who have a bad record can’t jump from one location to another.

“I’m a doctor. We created a national databank for physicians to make sure they couldn’t go from state-to-state,” he said. “We need bipartisan lasting solutions and Republicans are committed to doing that.”

Barrasso said he would be in favor of calling the bipartisan legislation the “George Floyd” act.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter