2020 gubernatorial dossier: Law Enforcement/Judicial

This is the third part of a series taking a deeper dive into various important topics in the 2020 Delaware gubernatorial election. On the 100-point scale I am using to grade candidates, law enforcement and judicial are worth 9 points. These will be presented in a randomized order.

Julianne Murray: I didn’t have anything for Julianne until yesterday, when she remarked, “As your next Governor, I will never play politics with our public safety and I will never defund our police. The police will have a Governor who they can rely upon to give them the tools they need to do their job and the public support they have earned.”

She added, “I will not support liberal policies that are causing massive retirements of officers here in Delaware. They are retiring because they don’t believe they have backing from the top. Like you, I don’t want 911 calls to go unanswered.”

Bryant Richardson: Richardson is pushing what he calls the Safe Streets Act, as he explains: “A safe streets initiative will ensure adequate police presence in neighborhoods in partnership with community leaders to stop the flow of illegal drugs and prioritize the prosecution of sex trafficking crimes.” And while he acknowledges the right for peaceful protest, he adds, “When protests become violent, when rioters begin looting, there must be swift action to arrest those who are breaking the law, the same as you would for any other criminal acts. I will not allow undue force to be used, but I will not allow the lawless to harm others and damage and loot businesses.”

David Bosco: Claiming “our Law Enforcement has been left in the shadows,” Bosco has been decrying what he deems a lack of proper funding. He also agrees with Richardson that peaceful protest is fine, but law enforcement needs to take control when things get out of hand. Bosco has charged that, “The looting and rioting that causes damage to property and people needs to stop. Our Governor has told the police to stand down and let them do what they want.” He believes Governor Carney does not want to hurt the feelings of protestors.

David Graham: One of his base ideas is to establish an office of Inspector General, a person who would “weed out the crime, corruption, and self-dealing” that remain problems in Delaware. He would also reform family court based on a model in Connecticut.

Colin Bonini: A legislative achievement Colin points to is straightening out the city of Wilmington with their red-light camera program, eliminating the penalty for making legal right turns. Beyond that, he’s rather light on specifics as to what he would do in this category.

R. Scott Walker: Aside from his illegally placed signs – some of which advocate legalized marijuana – I’m not familiar with his views on this subject. Scott only has a personal social media page, so I’m forced into using items and comments from there. I suspect he’ll eventually have something to say on this topic, and the beauty of this format is that I can edit accordingly.

This is actually a category where I defer to the candidates and their views. Aside from enforcing the law fairly and appointing judges who will properly interpret the law according to the federal and state constitutions, I don’t have a really specific “ask” in this category. The next one is slated to be education.

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