OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of Oklahoma lawmakers today issued the following statements in support of law enforcement officers in this state:
"In the past few weeks, our law enforcement professionals have come under incessant attack. We want these law enforcement professionals to know that we have their backs. As Oklahoma's policy leaders, we are coming together as a team, collectively locking arms and standing in defense of those who defend the citizens of Oklahoma.
"All Oklahomans must know that we will never bend a knee to a mob, nor will we ever comply with demands to defund those who protect the rule of law and the citizens of Oklahoma."
The group of lawmakers united together after one of the nation's prominent police chiefs stated: "The police, we always have everybody’s back and nobody has our back. Right now the officers feel like they can’t win. And I would have to agree with them."
The lawmakers said they want all police officers to know that, “We are with you. Stay encouraged and know that just as you defend all of our citizens during their most difficult times, so also will we defend you."
The lawmakers hope that because Oklahoma policy makers are standing with and defending law enforcement, the state will be able to avoid what they believe will be a sharp rise in violent crime that has been seen across the nation.
They point to the tragic death of one of Tulsa’s finest and dedicated officers and ask for prayer for their family and the recovery of the other officer who was critically wounded performing their duty in protecting the citizens of Tulsa. Even though the incident may or may not have had anything to do with recent protests, they believe the degradation in attitude toward law enforcement by certain factions has created a very hostile environment towards the rule of law and increased the danger to an already dangerous job.
As a result of these recent attacks on police, the subsequent loss of support of police from public officials, and the outright lies and commentary allowed by some of the news media, they believe the spread of anarchy is quite likely.
“We are determined to stand beside and behind law enforcement who protect our communities and will do all we can to keep morale high and allow them to do their job.”
The lawmakers hope this will be the first of a wide array of Oklahoma groups stepping forward to publicly support law enforcement.
"We are calling on all organizations to bravely step forward and defend those who defend us. Without the service of the law enforcement professionals, our ability to make a living in peace and safety would not be possible.
"We must not remain silent and allow the insanity to continue. We owe it to the police and other law enforcement officers to come forward and defend them, and we must act now!"
In addition, the group is speaking out against the cancel culture.
"As America risks falling into the abyss of anarchy, the totalitarian mob, with implicit consent of too many government officials, takes down statues, denounces their support for America, demonstrates their so called 'wokeness' by canceling classic movies, television shows and products. They intimidate anyone from the silent majority who dares the slightest disagreement with their new ideology and seem to be attempting to erase history itself.”
Finally; the group is calling on the immediate halt of the "woke" agenda items that have been pushed by legislative members in recent years. "Good policy isn't made in a hurry, in time of crises or when demanded by mob rule. We will not support the 'woke' legislative agenda that seeks to radically transform the state's jurisprudence. As lawmakers we are preparing to bring forward an aggressive legislative agenda in response to these Anti-American actions.”
In alphabetical order, the group issuing these statements includes:
State Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont
State Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola
State Rep. David Hardin, R-Stilwell
State Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin
State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane
State Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland
State Rep. Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula
State Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy
State Rep. David Smith, R-Arpelar
State Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon
State Rep. Johnny Tadlock, R-Idabel
State Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore