Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (R) released a statement regarding the recent wave of violence against police officers in the nation and even Alabama:

“In the last week, there has been a national wave of violence against police officers that is unacceptable,” James said in a statement. “Our public safety officers put their lives on the line to keep criminals at bay and protect our most vulnerable. They and their families must always be treated with the utmost respect.

“It is deplorable that the radical left continues to assert that our police have contributed to whatever fantasies they have about so-called American social inequities,” James continued. “The other day, Black Lives Matter even suggested that it is more dangerous to be an African-American in Washington DC than to be a police officer. President Biden and Vice President Harris should condemn such language. As they continue to be silent, they give support to even more disrespect and violence to our police.

“The cancel culture in this nation is trying to dishonor, degrade, and destroy law enforcement,” James said. “Parallel to that is a national movement to disrespect not just law enforcement but the law itself. Enough is enough. Every time someone calls 911, it is our men and women in Blue that respond to the danger while the rest of us enjoy the safety they provide. It is the Blue that goes to work every day, knowing it could be the last day of their life. This is the reason we always honor and appreciate their sacrifice.

James wished the best for an Elmore County Sheriff's Office deputy that was shot in the line of duty this week.

“Second, I will be making an effort to meet with as many law enforcement leaders as possible in this state over the next several months,” James said. “We need to make sure that the pay and benefits scale for the public safety personnel in Alabama is on par with the sacrifices to which they are called. They deserve our gratitude, but we need to restructure their pay to make sure that they have a living wage so that we can continue to recruit and retain the best in this critical profession. While the big cities like Atlanta, Portland, New York, and Washington lead efforts to defund their police and let crime run rampant, in Alabama, we will always respect law and order and Back the Blue.”

James is one of 15 candidates running for Governor of Alabama.

Nine candidates are running in the Alabama Republican primary, including Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy Lee George, incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey, James, Donald Trent Jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young.

Yolanda Rochelle Flowers, Patricia Salter Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, Chad "Chig" Martin, Malika Sanders Fortier, and Doug "New Blue" Smith are running in the Alabama Democratic Party primary.

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