Twice-elected Virginia sheriff quits Democrats over ‘relentless’ calls to punish police

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Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler Said Officers Were Victims Of 'Unprecedented Attack'

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler Said Officers Were Victims Of ‘Unprecedented Attack’

A twice-elected Virginia sheriff has become the third in the state to leave the Democratic Party over its relentless calls to relieve the police.

Sheriff Chip Shuler announced on May 26 that he was quitting the party he normally represented, saying in a statement it was “hard to watch his deputies” try to work during the “unprecedented attack” on their profession.

“My representatives are working hard to serve and protect the citizens of Smyth County.

As a sheriff, it was hard to see my deputies trying to get ahead during this “unprecedented assault on our profession.”

“We (law enforcement officers) remain an honorable profession and should not be judged by the evil deeds of a few.

“I’ve always been a conservative throughout my 38-year law enforcement career,” he said.

He is the third sheriff of Virginia to make the switch.

Last year, Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt and Buchanan County Sheriff John McClanahan both retired over the same issue.

Shuler was welcomed with open arms by the Virginia GOP.

Sheriff Chip Shuler submits his application to join the Republican Party in Smyth County, Virginia, after leaving the Democrats — the party he twice led and was elected to — over his repeated calls to demote the police

Sheriff Chip Shuler submits his application to join the Republican Party in Smyth County, Virginia, after leaving the Democrats — the party he twice led and was elected to — over his repeated calls to demote the police

“I congratulate Sheriff Shuler on this bold move to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republican Party.

“We are thrilled to have him as a member of the Republican Party in Smyth County,” said Adam Tolbert, chairman of the Smyth County Republican Party. WJHL.

Hieatt told Fox News in a recent interview: “When we hear talk about decongesting the police, taking resources away, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for and that’s with any profession.

“So if you’re taking money out and have to pay the lowest dollar for all the service for sure and don’t have the resources to train properly, don’t have the money to properly test all the new candidates and new people that come in, then you’re not the best go.” fetch.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt

Sheriff John McClanahan

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt (left) and Buchanan County Sheriff John McClanahan (right) both switched to the Republican Party over the same issue

Sheriff McClanahan posted this on Facebook when he left the Democratic Party in September.  He said in part that he could no longer be associated with the party

Sheriff McClanahan posted this on Facebook when he left the Democratic Party in September. He said in part that he could no longer be associated with the party

“If you want better people in law enforcement, there needs to be more money to do more testing, to offer better pay when the people come in.

“If we arrest someone, if we convict someone, there is a victim of a crime.

‘If you’re changing laws to make things better for’ [criminals], what makes it better for the victims who had to suffer?’ he said.

Virginia – where Democrats have a slim majority – has passed several police reform bills.

There is a ban on no-knock warrants and now there is mandatory racism training for officers statewide.

Sheriff John McClanahan said in his statement in September, “As we know, law enforcement is taking a hit in this country.

“There is unrest in areas and there are calls for police reform. I agree, our field is an ever-changing field that requires constant changes and updates to do the job effectively and protect our citizens.

“The Democratic Party we know today is no longer the party my grandfather was involved in.

The party’s ideologies have deviated from those traditional values.

Last year there was an uprising of calls to relieve entire police forces across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd. Police forces have largely welcomed calls for more anti-racism training, but they said the way to improve their armed forces was to invest more in them – to pay for such training – rather than cut budgets that support the safety of people in their communities. would endanger

“Currently, the Democratic Party is going against everything I stand for, pushing for the abolition of the police and the removal of safeguards that were put in place for us.

“If law enforcement is shut down, we won’t have the right resources to adequately protect our citizens.

This also means less training for your law enforcement officers.

“I can no longer be associated with the National Democratic Party because they have introduced bills that negatively impact my community and my livelihood,” he said.

Last year there was an uprising of calls to relieve entire police forces across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Police forces have largely welcomed calls for more anti-racism training, but they said the way to improve their armed forces was to invest more in them – to pay for such training – rather than cut budgets that support the safety of people in their communities. would endanger.

Biden won 54 percent in Virginia against Trump’s 44 percent. It has been a blue state since 2008.

The Senate is controlled by Democrats 21 to 18, and the House is controlled by Democrats 55 to 45.

Governor Ralph Northam was sued by Republicans last year after calling ongoing efforts to “cut down the police force” a matter of “semantics.”

House of Delegates Minority Leader Todd Gilbert replied that it mattered and wasn’t just “semantics.”

“With respect, Governor, the attempt to ‘degrade the police’ is about more than ‘semantics’. It’s a clear effort to punish all law enforcement officers for the actions of a few, rather than give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe — a task complicated by your decision to kill killers and other dangerous criminals. before they finish their sentences.

“House Republicans will make sure our law enforcement officers have the resources and support they need to do their jobs.”

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