Community trust is essential to effective public safety. To keep the public safe, law enforcement officers must be held accountable and the public needs to take responsibility for their personal actions.
I say this as someone who was wrongfully arrested by an officer in 2015. The conviction was overturned after numerous victims found the officer was copying and pasting text word-for-word in police reports of other people he was wrongfully stopping and arresting. He had 14 years history of this.
With that being said, law enforcement has also been a great, positive force in my life. They worked to help the mother of my child who was experiencing an ongoing Opioid Crisis. We separated many years ago, but law enforcement was there for me and my son as I was granted sole custody of him.
I’m pointing this out because I need to show you that I’m not a politician. I understand what regular people go through. I know what it’s like to work hard, do what’s right, and still not get financially ahead. It’s hard to go through a difficult separation and raise your child as a single parent.
I also point this out because my son and my father are the most important people in my life. Too often, we lack civility in politics and I know my opponents will try to spin these life experiences in a negative way. These are the facts.
I have a wonderful family that is an example of how we deal with real life in a complicated world. I couldn’t be prouder of my family and how we have stuck together through thick and thin.