This opinion column was submitted by Sigal Chattah, a Republican candidate for Nevada Attorney General. His campaign website is chattah4nevada.com.
A memory etched in the minds of Americans that will never be forgotten are these images of police officers and NYPD first responders on that tragic day of September 11, 2001. In those days, police officers were regaled as heroes and the Eternal gratitude to our cops seemed to go on forever.
In just under two decades, our brave police have gone from heroes to villains to prey, resulting in a catastrophic breakdown of civilized society and public safety. When did our country turn its back on our police and why? How did they go from heroes to prey in two quick decades?
The wickedness of law enforcement is nothing new in the United States. Those of us who are old enough to remember remember NWA’s grotesque lyrics in a song “F— tha Police”. Culture and technology were different then. In the 90s, these lyrics were seen as an anomaly rooted in the deep hearts of inner-city youth and part of a culture of gangs, passers-by, and drug dealing in major metropolitan cities.
Two decades later, at the height of the Obama administration, new vitriol was born against law enforcement. Cases like Michael Brown, Eric Garner and George Floyd have swept the country with slogans like “raise your hand, don’t shoot”, “I can’t breathe” and “no justice, no peace”. Alas, the Black Lives Matter movement with an ax to grind against law enforcement was born to change the trajectory of American culture.
This time it was different. It was different from the riots in South Central Los Angeles. It was different from protesting Rodney King’s police brutality. It was different because with instant technology added, it shook the nation and seeped into Wall Street, academia, major league sports – everywhere. It changed the culture of our country.
Companies trading on Wall Street have quickly implemented economic and social responsibility policies and embarked on diversity, equity and inclusion protocols. Law enforcement got mean, and Hollywood and the NFL followed Wall Street’s lead and took notice.
A new “woke” America was emerging as statues were torn down, history was erased on college campuses – and the coup de grace was the assassination of American law enforcement. A natural outcome of this assassination is legislation and the recalibration of the criminal justice system across America.
Newly established “progressive justice” policies in the criminal justice field, such as bail reform, decriminalization, and the dismantling of law enforcement, aim to reduce criminal recidivism through alternative methodologies such as mental health diversion programs, youth offender diversion programs, safe injection sites, etc.
This “progressive justice” also seeks not only to defund the police, but also to limit the use of force, tamper with qualified immunity, and essentially strip away the importance and usefulness of law enforcement in our country.
Nevada is a victim of this trend and Attorney General Aaron Ford has joined this anti-law enforcement movement and led a series of legislative acts participating in this warpath against Nevada law enforcement. . While the Nevada Attorney General enjoys concurrent jurisdiction with our state’s district attorneys and is the state’s lead attorney, in an unprecedented move, he was the attorney general most hostile to law enforcement. order Nevada has ever seen.
When the top cop is more interested in stifling and monitoring our law enforcement and limiting the use of force, our law enforcement loses its purpose. This hostility to law enforcement must end for the people of Nevada to feel safe.
Nevada law enforcement deserves to be treated like heroes again, just as they did two decades ago. Nevada law enforcement must be protected as it was two decades ago, because what they do is disinterested protection of the public. Nevada needs a top cop who is willing to understand it, encourage it, and cherish it. I am proud to be endorsed by law enforcement officials across our state and endorsed by the Public Safety Alliance of Nevada representing 10,000 law enforcement officers in Nevada and look forward to seeing them at of my statewide Top Cops Tour which begins this week.
Sigal Chattah immigrated from Israel to Las Vegas with her family when she was 14 and has been practicing law for nearly 20 years in southern Nevada. Chattah prevailed in Calvary Chapel Lone Mountain v. Sisolak before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing places of worship to reopen just before Christmas. She also sued and won against Governor Sisolak and Attorney General Ford in a class action lawsuit on behalf of seniors reducing the vaccination priority age to 65. Chattah is a Republican candidate for Attorney General of Nevada.
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