Congressman Darin LaHood Thursday offered his support to law enforcement as they are once again under the national microscope in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Before running for Congress, the Dunlap Republican was a state and federal prosecutor, indicating he worked closely with many law enforcement officers and says the vast majority of them are good people and they do a good job serving their communities.
The Congressman calls the notion of defunding the police "dumb" and says it makes no sense to turn over the duties of keeping peace, law, and order to people like therapists and EMTs.
Floyd's death has sparked protests calling for police reforms and while Congressman LaHood supports law enforcement, he also believes there are going to be things police can do better and points out, a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to work and is says change needs to happen at a local level.
In some cases, shifting police funding to other community agencies has also been a part of the discussion. LaHood says those are decisions that are going to need to take place at a local level as well.