Majority Democrat laws were rushed through the process in 2020 and 2021 have become a great embarrassment to them; even worse the scenario developed just as opponents said it would. Violent crime and theft have drastically escalated with shopping malls and homes being primary attack locations.
Representative Steve Tharinger is part of the Democrat House Majority, which denied law enforcement opportunity to testify in hearings before these bills were passed. He must have been too busy in his work to raise taxes.
Democrats have a sponsored bills in our 2022 legislature to downgrade drive-by shootings to a misdemeanor.
Washington is not a ‘police state’ and in fact has the lowest number of law enforcement positions per capita of any state. The Governor decree to fire thousands of state employees and the removal of support for our police, courts, and corrections facilities through the Democrat law changes must be reversed. That means legislature has to revoke the bad laws they forced into place. Mr Tharinger won't do that, but I will.
Youth and adult criminals must be held accountable to prevent further violence and victimization of larger numbers of citizens and visitors.
In hard numbers, the new laws and the administration stopping the police from their basic mission to protect lives and property have driven away close to a thousand officers, who demographically were all well experienced and were expected to each remain in the force for another 5 to 20 years. These disastrous "police reform" laws cut the heart right out of the body of these valued officers.
Our Governor has gladly watched law enforcement officers leave. It is time for our state citizens to decide if they want to restore the peace we had just ten years ago.
Criminals now know there is very little to stop them. Theft rings murdered a young twelve year old girl by reckless driving of a stolen truck. The following investigation located an enormous amount of stolen property the felon had helped steal. Enough to require a stolen flat bed truck.
Police must be allowed to pursue, have the reasonable suspicion authority to hold suspects until a determination is made in the field, and be supported by the prosecutors.
When a case makes it all the way through to referral for prosecution, we need to see more than five percent of the felony cases go to trial. We are fed up with ninety five percent of felonies being downgraded to misdemeanors just to avoid court time. Trials must be held.
They have shown good results with a majority of cases. Our state Supreme court has released hundreds of violent felons before their sentences are up and were going to release more of them early because of lack of housing during the COVID.
I’ll work in legislature to pass laws to make convicted felons restore damages to victims. I will make criminals pay fines just like everyone else does, with no free pass because they choose not to work and support themselves but desire to steal instead.
Felons should not be entitled to support benefits from the State after they complete sentencing, until they make restitution, are deemed reformed, and victims are made whole.
Convicted felons should not have the right to vote in state and county elections until they have made restitution. A Governor-created crisis, which Tharinger refused to address, refused support for our state mental health care system. Most law officers will tell you that the majority of criminals they deal with have mental health and/or drug addiction issues. Our Governor places some of these people needing treatment into our prison systems where they are further victimized, instead of fully funding our state mental hospitals and health workers. But he funded preschool in Bellevue. How did that help you and the rest of our state?
Governor and the Legislature intentionally allowed our last major mental health facility to become decertified. Prior Democratic Governor, Christine Gregoire, ordered a 900 bed state mental health hospital to be closed.
The Democrats have a proven historical record of abusing the mentally ill by condemning them to the streets, tents, and highway spaces where they are ill, face sexual trauma and abuse, and are victimized with drugs and assault by the violent faction who preys on them.
I propose increased pay for the state mental health worker staff and construction of facilities with beds for supervised treatment in a place of health and healing. Our last two remaining state mental health facilities are not enough, and current state budget must reallocate funding to mental health care and address this source of homelessness.