Which Presidential Candidate is Best for Law Enforcement?

Each of the current candidates claim they are the best for the American people. Most Americans do not find themselves making a personal connection with the individual candidates, affected only on a broader level. But, there are some professions which will be directly impacted by the upcoming election – including law enforcement. With the rising anti-police tensions and an increasing focus on police activities, you would be foolish to think otherwise. So, which candidate is best for law enforcement?

Since none of the candidates have past experience in law enforcement, although some have been lawyers, it is difficult to judge exactly the level of support they may offer once elected. However, by examining past statements or viewpoints it is possible to get a sense of their overall attitude towards the profession.

Ted Cruz – US Senator, Harvard Law School graduate, Associate Deputy Attorney General DOJ, Texas Solicitor General, adjunct professor University of Texas School of Law where he taught US Supreme Court litigation.

(+)Pro death penalty

(+)Supports stricter sentences for sex offenders

(+)Defended Texas death penalty against challenge by World Court in U.S. Supreme Court

(-)Supports “scrubbing” US Code, converting many regulatory crimes to civil penalties

(-) Endorsed “ignorance of the law” defense

Hillary Clinton – former US Senator, past Secretary of State, graduate of Yale Law School, worked in private legal practice prior to husband’s own political career taking off.

(+) Pro body cameras, supports funding to allow purchase by police departments

(+) Pro death penalty (early in career)

(+) Supports expanded use of Amber Alerts

(-) Openly supports BLM, repeatedly stated minorities are unfairly imprisoned

(-) Supports decreasing prison populations and reducing mandatory sentencing

(-) Has repeatedly changed stance on many police issues in what appears to be an attempt to gain minority vote

Marco RubioMarco Rubio – graduate of University of Miami School of Law, Senator, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, private law practice and adjunct professor at Florida International University.

(+) Credited with supporting Miami’s first bike patrol unit

(+) Tough stance on prostitution and sex crimes

(+) Supports DNA collection and life sentences for sexual predators

(+) Supports reducing death row appeals

(-) Little direct experience with law enforcement, never held a position as a prosecutor or defense attorney

Bernie Sanders – former mayor of Burlington VT, former member U.S. House of Representatives, current Senator.

(+) Supports additional funding for DOJ’s “COPS” program

(+) Supports harsh penalties for hate crimes

(+) As mayor he worked directly with police officials on a regular basis

(-) Repeatedly stated US’s large prison population is due to minorities being unfairly targeted

(-) Pro-convict rights, including returning voting rights and increasing Second Chance opportunities

(-) Anti-death penalty

(-) Pro-alternative sentencing

Donald Trump – despite a successful career in real estate and entertainment development, he has no direct experience in law enforcement, the legal system or development of laws or related policies.

(+) Strong pro-law enforcement stance

(+) Pro death penalty

(+) Tough anti-crime stance, especially concerning immigration and deportation of criminal immigrants

(+) Supports holding judges accountable for light sentences which lead to repeat offenders

(-) No prior experience inside the law enforcement community or court systems

(-) Although views may be strongly anti-criminal, many have little chance of making it through Congress

So, there you have it – each candidate’s views and stances on law enforcement and related topics. Although most politicians will say anything to get elected, some have been openly hostile to law enforcement in the process, while others have stood by the men and women in blue – despite the current atmosphere. I am not supporting nor condemning any candidate based upon this single topic, but I will be keeping their past activities in mind when pulling the lever on Election Day. I recommend each and every one of you who wears a badge remember that your selection may involve more than principle or personal preference – it may easily affect your profession now and in the future.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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