Jeff Merkley on Crime
Democratic Jr Senator (OR)
Merkley responded, “Shame on you, Gordon Smith, for portraying that series of lies.” He said Smith took things he said or did out of context, and he affirmed that he has worked hard in the state Legislature to get better laws on the books to deal with criminals.
As Speaker of the House, I fought to keep sex offenders away from our kids by making it illegal to lure children over the Internet. I led the charge to add 139 state troopers to keep patrols on Oregon highways 24/7. I fought to fund the expansion of the state DNA crime lab in order to erase the backlog and keep the justice system on track.
We can only expect law enforcement to effectively protect our communities is if we give them the financial support they need. Instead of forcing our highly capable law enforcement officers to do more with less, our proposal will add 50,000 more police officers on America’s streets to stem the tide of violent crime.
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