· I support our police as individuals and as a core protective function in our society. With the authority and power we endow on police officers, we of course need to monitor carefully how they exercise that authority, but I believe the vast majority of police officers act with the highest honor and professionalism.
· I have served in Europe and have seen societies where police officers are treated as inanimate objects during protests and are subjected to open abuse and violence. We can never accept such treatment of our police officers. They are human beings with lives and families, and they deserve the same rights of every other citizen to safety and health. Protesters who harm police officers, regardless of their reasons to protest, must be prosecuted and punished.
· I am open to ideas on how best to incarcerate and rehabilitate those sentenced to prison. However, I feel strongly that those who cannot live peacefully and lawfully in our society must face a cost for their actions. Incarceration rates should never be arbitrarily dictated, either to overly incarcerate or to decline to incarcerate those who should be behind bars. Crime rates ebb and flow over time, and in response to policies. In the 1990s, we experienced a huge wave of violent crime, and government responded by passing laws to combat those crimes. While some lament the high incarceration rates following the 1990s, those policies succeeded in cutting violent crime rates by half. No one wants to have a massive prison population, but we cannot go back to mass victimization.
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