Candidates Call for Police and Gun Law Reform

Candidates Call for Police and Gun Law Reform

House District 119 candidate Jonathan Wallace. Credit: Anna Watkins Wallace and Gonzalez Predict ‘Progressive Wave’ Given calls from the left to “defund the police,” progressive politicians across the nation are voicing their policy positions on cutting funding to law enforcement agencies and redistributing the funds to other community resources. And with prominent Democratic candidates running for sheriff, district attorney and two Georgia House of Representatives seats in Athens, there’s the potential for a “progressive wave” both locally and statewide, local candidates told the University of Georgia Young Democrats last week. Former Georgia House District 119 Rep. Jonathan Wallace, who’s trying to reclaim his seat from state Rep. Marcus Wiedower, and former Georgia House District 117 Rep. Deborah Gonzalez, who’s running for district attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit, explained how, if elected, they could work with one another to reform the criminal justice system. “I’m running to bring change from the status quo, bring what this community needs now,” Gonzalez said. “[The community] understands that when we talk about safety, we’re also talking that it has to be sustainable and include everyone, victims and defendants.” In light of the recent decision by a grand jury not to charge three Louisville, KY police officers for killing Breonna Taylor (one was charged for firing wildly into the apartment next door), Gonzalez and Wallace shared how district attorneys and state legislatures could work together to ensure “fair and just prosecution” against anyone accused of a crime, including police officers. While legislators enact […]

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