Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., GOP candidate for governor of New York, explained his plan to turn around crime in the state during an exclusive interview with “Sunday Morning Futures,” arguing that it’s important to “support law enforcement more, not less.”
Zeldin, who noted that he was raised in a law enforcement household, told host Maria Bartiromo, “I’m hearing it from all across our state, from people of all walks of life, they want to strengthen public safety in our state.”
The police debate has been at the top of the American conscience in the year since a White, now-former police officer in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, knelt on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes; Floyd later died.
Chauvin has since been convicted of murder, but Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests and ignited the defund the police movement. Congress is currently mulling sweeping police reform legislation in an effort to hold officers more accountable for misconduct.
According to a Fox News poll conducted in April during the final days of Chauvin’s trial, found that by a nearly 2-1 margin, 62-33 percent, registered voters disagree with reducing police funding and moving it to other areas.
Zeldin made the comments as cities across the country are experiencing an increase in violent crime. In New York City, for example, there has been an 8.5% increase in murders year-to-date as of July 4 and a 37.8% spike in shooting incidents, according to data provided by the NYPD.
Zeldin noted that other measures to reduce crime in the state includes reversing cashless bail in the state.
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