Crime has been a serious challenge in lots of midterm races across the nation and it shortly grew to become a flashpoint between Gov. Brian Kemp and his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams in Sunday’s gubernatorial debate.
When the moderator famous that Atlanta is experiencing document violent crime, Kemp insisted that he was out in entrance addressing that challenge – figuring out avenue gangs and cartels as an issue earlier than others have been paying consideration.
However he quickly pivoted to criticize Abrams as an ally of progressive teams who sought to “defund the police” following the dying of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020.
“We’re not the native police division,” Kemp mentioned. “I’m not the mayor. I’m the governor.”
“Go verify the document, as a result of Ms. Abrams on CNN acquired requested the query, would she defund the police? And she or he mentioned, sure, we’ve to reallocate assets. Which means defunding the police,” Kemp mentioned.
However Abrams mentioned Kemp was mendacity about her document. She famous that underneath his management, violent crime and gun violence have gone up in Georgia.
“Weapons are the primary killer of our kids. We have now the ninth highest gun violence charge within the nation. Household violence with weapons has gone up 18% underneath this governor, and his response was to weaken gun legal guidelines within the state of Georgia,” she mentioned.
Abrams added that Kemp was distorting her document on police funding.
“I imagine in public security. I didn’t say, and nor do I imagine, in defunding the police,” she mentioned. “He’s mendacity once more. And I’ve by no means mentioned that. I imagine within the funding the police. I imagine in public security and accountability.”
Abrams has proposed offering $25 million in state grants to native companies for pay will increase for regulation enforcement.
In June, Kemp joined Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens for a ribbon reducing ceremony at a brand new police precinct in Atlanta’s well-to-do group of Buckhead.
Kemp on the time touted state and native regulation enforcement working collectively to fight crime in Atlanta.
“Public security has no political boundaries,” Kemp mentioned. “Whether or not you’re Republican, you’re Democrat or whether or not you don’t care. You need your neighborhood to be protected, you need your streets to be protected and that’s what at present is all about: fulfilling the No. 1 obligation of presidency by defending its residents.”