U.S. Senator David Perdue’s Statement On The Surge In Violent Crime In Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue released the following statement in response to growing lawlessness and surging violent crime in the City of Atlanta in recent weeks:
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen peaceful protests calling for reform and equality in communities across America. Immediately, President Trump signed an executive order to begin the important process of improving law enforcement in our country. To build on these efforts, I’ve been working to pass the JUSTICE Act, a serious police reform proposal in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, Democrats led by Chuck Schumer didn’t even allow us to debate the issue on the Senate floor. They’ve made it clear that they want anarchy, because they are more concerned with having this issue as a political topic than achieving a real solution.
While we’ve been working on this important reform, we’ve seen an absence of leadership in the City of Atlanta that has resulted in lawlessness and violent crime surging in our streets. Nearly 100 people have been shot in the last month alone. One of the individuals who tragically lost her life this weekend was an eight-year-old girl named Secoriea Turner. I commend Governor Kemp for stepping up to fill the leadership void in Atlanta so that we can put an end to the radical elements that are perpetrating violent crimes and destruction under the false claim of seeking justice.
Justice for all is only possible when we have law and order. The vast majority of our law enforcement officials serve and protect our neighborhoods honorably. They need our full support so that rioting, looting, violent crime and the murder of innocent individuals doesn’t become the norm. Now is the time for us to invest more in law enforcement through the JUSTICE Act.
Unlike my opponent Jon Ossoff, who supports defunding the police, I believe now is the time to support and strengthen our police forces. At the same time, he should stop taking campaign money from radical donors, the majority of whom don’t live in Georgia, who are openly supporting efforts to defund and abolish our police forces entirely.”