Law Enforcement Unions Calling For Removal Of Elected Judges Puts Us At Risk--There Is No Public Safety Without Democracy
The Harris County Deputies Association has called for Harris County Judge DaSean Jones to "resign or be removed."
HCDA is a law enforcement union.
The Deputies Association is upset over how they feel Judge Jones had dealt with Terran Green in the past. Mr. Green is the man who shot four law enforcement officers recently.
Such attacks on police officers are an assault on democracy and are among the most serious crimes in our society.
The HCDA asserted that Judge Jones had released Mr. Green on a low bond after a previous arrest.
It seems the Deputies account of Judge Jones' previous actions was not correct.
In any case, the Deputies are free to call for Judge Jones to resign or work to defeat him at the polls.
Removal is something else.
Here is some of what the Deputies say:
"Judge DaSean Jones does not have the judicial competency to remain on the bench. Judge DaSean Jones has a history of refusing to consider public safety. Judge DaSean Jones must resign or be removed...."
Armed safety officers calling for a judge elected in a diverse county to be removed by an anti-democratic state government is nothing but trouble. It's a harmful course of action consistent with the refusal of local law enforcement unions to criticize or retract support from figures such as Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Alexandra Mealer even after they call for a re-do of 2022 Harris County elections.
Endorse whoever before an election. It's a whole different world to continue to back political figures who won't accept election results.
There is no public safety without democracy. There is no public safety when law enforcement unions support election-deniers. You don't have to be very creative to see the dangers of law enforcement unions bypassing cities and counties to deal with far-right state governments.
And all of this is taking place in the shadow on next year's Presidential election and the prospect of insurrectionist Donald Trump returning to office.
People in diverse cities and counties have a right to representation. We have a right to safety from the anti-democratic American political right. We have a right to be free.
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I'm Neil Aquino