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Beto O`Rourke on Crime

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee

 


1995 burglary arrest: charges dropped by U. Texas

According to a heavily redacted narrative of O'Rourke's May 1995 burglary arrest by the University of Texas at El Paso Police Department, O'Rourke and two associates allegedly broke into the yard of the facilities management building at the school, triggering an alarm. One of the officers who responded to the scene said he saw "three subjects in the middle of the compound running in three different directions."

"I immediately yelled at them to freeze and also gave foot pursuit," the report says. "I observed two subjects run toward the main doors of the control center and lost sight of them when another subject was seen running behind parked vehicles westbound toward the green-house." The charges against all three were later dropped.

The El Paso district attorney then and now, Jaime Esparza, says he has no recollection of the burglary case and his office could not locate any files on it.

Source: Texas Tribune on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 24, 2019

Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked

But as recently as May 2017, O'Rourke broke with the majority of his Democratic House colleagues to vote for a bill that expanded the federal "list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations" to include the murder or "targeting" of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or other first responder. In effect, the bill, called The Thin Blue Line Act, proposed making it easier to execute a defendant if they attacked law enforcement.
Source: Huffington Post "Death Penalty" on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 20, 2019

Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system

The three-term congressman from El Paso was asked about a recent decision by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign an executive order halting executions for the state's 737 death row inmates. "As president, would you suspend capital punishment at the federal level?" he was asked. "I would. It's not an equitable, fair, just system right now -- the guarantees and safeguards against wrongful prosecution, the disproportionate number of people of color who comprise our criminal justice system,"
Source: Fox News, "Capital punishment," on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 14, 2019

We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders

Finally, we should provide meaningful reentry to help cut down on recidivism for those who committed non-violent crimes. That starts with strong rehabilitation services, counseling and access to preventative health care. It continues by banning the box on job applications so those formerly incarcerated can work and pay taxes, returning drivers licenses so they can get to that place of employment. and ensuring their constitutional right to participate in civic life by voting is protected.
Source: O'Rourke OpEd in Houston Chronicle: 2020 Democratic primary , Aug 27, 2018

Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance.

O`Rourke scores 92% by the NAPO on crime & police issues

Ratings by the National Association of Police Organizations indicate support or opposition to issues of importance to police and crime. The organization's self-description: "The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

"Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nationís capital. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned. The following list includes examples of NAPOís accomplishments:

VoteMatch scoring for the NAPO ratings is as follows:

Source: NAPO ratings on Congress and politicians 2014_NAPO on Dec 31, 2014

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