Rep. Stephanie Murphy Response Letter to Violence in Protests
Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding the recent protests we have witnessed throughout the country. Hearing from constituents like you is vital to my work in Congress, and I am grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts with me.
Like Americans all across the country and the political spectrum, I was horrified by George Floyd's death. He should be alive today. Mr. Floyd's family and his loved ones deserve justice in this case. I am working with my congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact legislation with one goal in mind--to make sure that what happened to Mr. Floyd does not happen again.
As part of this deliberative process, I have sought input from forward-thinking local law enforcement leaders in our community who recognize that there is a problem and who want to be part of a just solution. I strongly oppose calls to "defund the police." That is an irresponsible and overly-simplistic means of addressing a very complex problem. I believe meaningful reforms to policing practices are needed, but they must be done in a smart and strategic way that keeps our communities and our families safe.
In the wake of Mr. Floyd's death, we have witnessed protests around the country, including Central Florida. The right to peacefully protest is sacred, and it is guaranteed under our Constitution. Throughout our nation's history, peaceful protests have helped combat injustice and promote positive change. At the same time, a few bad actors have exploited these otherwise peaceful gatherings to destroy property and, on some occasions, to cause physical harm to others. These perpetrators should be held fully responsible under the law.
I want to thank you again for taking the time to contact me. I make every effort to incorporate my constituents' concerns and suggestions into my work, and I hope you continue to stay in touch. If my office can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us toll free at 1-888-205-5421.
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It is an honor to be your voice in our nation's capital.
Member of Congress