Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s gubernatorial race, said Wednesday that police are going “too far” if they have to pull out a gun, baton, or taser when approaching a potential suspect.
Gillum made the comment on the liberal podcast “Pod Save America,” where he pushed back against his Republican critics who believe he is an anti-police candidate.
“All this stuff that they say, I’ve got to let them know, anti-police? No. I’m for police accountability, but law enforcement society cannot work and, quite frankly, law enforcement cannot do its job if it does not have a trusting relationship with the community,” Gillum said.
“At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already have to go too far by their very presence,” he continued. “By the very trust that they inspire in community and in society, they are supposed to be able to bring most situations to heel.”
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