Sen. Chris Murphy calls police racist, demands replacing them with counselors in schools


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WASHINGTON, D.C.- For those of us who live in the northeastern part of the country, we have the unfortunate honor of having the most ignorant, tone-deaf, angry partisan people representing us in the United States Senate.

From Schumer and Gillibrand in New York, to Warren and Markey in Massachusetts, the northeast has it’s fair share of clowns in the upper chamber of Congress.

However, no state can compare to the two senators from Connecticut, “Da Nang” Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Clearly though, when it comes to ignorant buffoons, Murphy takes the prize.

Considering he represents the state where the most egregious school shooting in history took place, it is shocking that he thinks it’s a great idea to remove police from the schools.

On Thursday, Murphy, along with the other clowns in the clown car, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with left-wing Marxist sympathizers Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) introduced a bill which would remove school resource officers from schools and replace them with counselors, WFSB in Hartford reported.


“Tens of thousands of kids are arrested at school every single year and a disproportionate number of these students are black and Latino,” Murphy said.

According to WFSB, there are currently more than 10,000 SROs serving in schools nationwide, with the goal of protecting children.

The problem as we see it is that some schools view the police that are assigned as SROs in their schools as the disciplinary arm of the school system, which was never the intent.

Yes, police officers are there to do their job in enforcing the law, however in many cases, schools used the police to enforce school rules, which sometimes led to pushback from the students which escalated to criminal violations.

It seems like, at least in some cases, schools didn’t want to deal with their own disruptive students and called the SRO in to do so.

Murphy said that SROs don’t make schools safer.

“It’s time to get police officers out of our schools,” Murphy said. “The evidence shows these officers don’t make our schools and (sic) safer. In fact, research has shown [they] can increase physical danger to young people.”

The chief of the Wolcott (CT) Police Department, Ed Stephens disagrees with Murphy’s assessment. His town has three SROs in the school system, and he says they are absolutely beneficial.

“Our function in the school is to protect the students from outsiders coming into the school. That’s the number one function to keeping those children safe,” Stephens said.

He also said that the police are there to develop relationships with the kids.

“Their function is to build rapport with students. We don’t want children in schools to be afraid of the police., we want to see them as a friend. It’s like the old beat cop in the neighborhood. They’re the beat cops in the schools,” the chief said.

Likewise, the superintendent of the Stratford (CT) Schools said that while she could see both sides, she agreed that the program could be beneficial.

“My way of looking at SROs is let’s show students as they’re growing up that police officers are interested in their well-being,” Janet Robinson said.

Ironically, Robinson was the superintendent in Newtown, CT., when the Sandy Hook school shooting took place in that community. Twenty first graders and six staff members were killed in that incident, which led to a hue and cry for additional police officers in schools as SROs.

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In 1999, two gunmen entered Columbine High School in Columbine, CO., where twelve students and one teacher were murdered. At that time, there was an armed officer in the building, a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, who actually engaged with the gunmen and called for assistance over the radio. Had that deputy not been on scene, it is likely many more students and/or teachers would have been massacred.

Robinson also said that she didn’t want kids to get arrested.

“The officer really has to be able to identify with the kids and really be personable and so that I’ve seen, I’ve seen a very successful SRO and it’s phenomenal. I’ve seen several successful ones and that does matter,” she said.

“I have an SRO in one of my schools and walks into the cafeteria at lunch time and high five him, they talk to him, he can talk to the kids if the kids have a little problem. Just talk to them about it,” Robinson said.

Murphy is always quick to criticize police officers, yet he has been silent on the violent riots taking place in cities nationwide, which have included violent assaults on police officers. Murphy, like all of the Democrats is more worried about November 3 than he is about keeping the country, and apparently the students safe. This bill is another slap in the face to police, which we have come to expect from this in-over-his-head dipstick.

In his bill called the “Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act,” Murphy is quoted as saying, “Police shouldn’t be in schools There are plenty of better ways to ensure that our schools are safe places to learn.”

He claimed that students are arrested for minor things and get into the juvenile justice system early, which makes a potentially bright future much more difficult.

“If we are going to begin to tackle systemic racism in this country, we must start by addressing the racial inequities in our education system. And getting police out of classrooms is a necessary first step,” he wrote.

Parents and his constituents, however, disagree with Murphy and he heard about it on his Facebook page, with a majority opposing the bill. Murphy got absolutely eviscerated by some of the responses. Parents said that the safety of students demanded it.

“We’re living in a scary world, so you never know when [police] will be needed,” said Casey Calvert of Vernon.

“So instead of bridging relationships you think its better to divide? Our school resource officer is a mentor to our kids. BTW the teachers union is going to give you an earful,” said Christian Calemmo.

And, our favorite, from Janet R Mariano- “We the people said NO to removing police. We are your boss Chris, your (sic) not listening to us. You are a puppet for the Democratic party attempting to destroy our country. You need to go!!!” 

One post in particular was directed to Law Enforcement Today. It was posted by someone on their page and Murphy was tagged in it. She attached this letter to it:

Sen. Chris Murphy calls police racist, demands replacing them with counselors in schools
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“Years ago you sent this letter to me upon reading an article about me in the Hartford Courant. You even hand wrote a ‘congrats’ message. 

“As a young woman living in Newtown during the wake of Sandy Hook how can you say schools doe not need SROs? I always knew I wanted to do this job, but after seeing and living through my hometown suffer[ing] so much heartache and grief after the elementary school shooting, I made it my mission to become a police officer. 

“I am not the 1% and either are my brother and sister officers who to this day would run towards danger with me while the rest of the world, including you run the other way. 

“Six years ago I fit your political agenda. Today I don’t” 

To show you exactly how tone-deaf Murphy and the rest of the anti-police, pro-criminal crowd are, keep this in mind. Murphy was the Congressional representative in the district where Sandy Hook is located prior to somehow getting elected to the Senate. In fact, Murphy addressed that shooting in pushing to remove SROs from schools.

“In Connecticut, in the wake of a horrific school shooting, many schools hired police officers to enhance the peace of mind of parents. But now we have plenty of evidence to show that there are far better ways to ensure kids’ safety and that these police officers are contributing to a civil rights crisis that we must address.”

Brian Foley, who used to be the Deputy Chief in Hartford but now has gone to the dark side as a state employee appointed as the assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection spoke to that.

“I think it’s up to the schools to decide how they’re going to protect their students and what’s the best way to do that. I think there’s a lot of opinion out there, but there are certainly statistics and data to support that taking officers out of schools lowers arrests in schools,” Foley said.

So, let’s go back to Murphy’s statement, “…there are far better ways to ensure kids’ safety…” At Sandy Hook, besides the 20 children who were killed, other victims included Rachel D’Avino, a behavioral therapist, Anne Marie Murphy a special education teacher, Mary Sherlach, a school psychologist, and  two teachers, Victoria Leigh Soto and Lauren Rousseau, and Dawn Hochsuprung, the principal of the school.

Bureaucrats such as Murphy feel that putting more nurses, psychologists, behavioral therapists and so on will make the kids safer. The Sandy Hook shooting shows just how absurd that statement is. This type of “logic” is the same as those who suggest that sending counselors to domestic disturbances, among the most dangerous and potentially violent calls police respond to, is a good idea. 

Clearly, if there was an armed officer on-scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, we would likely not have 20 dead children and six dead adults. SROs in other schools across the country have also prevented school shootings and we don’t know how many were prevented because a would-be shooter knew there was an SRO in the building.

There are also other benefits to having SROs in school. According to the Chicago Tribune, a two-year study conducted by Canada’s Carleton University of an SRO program in Toronto, which covered five high schools showed that it had prevented or minimized property damage, injuries and deaths from violence and drug overdoses, and reduced the need for 911 calls.

In addition, the same study showed that the SRO program increased the likelihood that students would receive necessary social services and healthcare help and would also enhance feelings of safety among students and staff. In conclusion, the report said that for every dollar invested in an SRO program, at least $11.13 of “social and economic value was created.”

It should be noted that all the sponsors of this bill—Murphy, Warren, Omar, and Pressley have been outspoken in advocating for defunding of police.

It should also be noted that not ONE sponsor of this bill has spoken out against the violence rampaging through our major cities.

SLikewise, not ONE sponsor of this bill has condemned the violent assaults on police officers across the country, where officers have been shot, stabbed, attacked with professional grade fireworks, been bombarded with bricks, rocks, frozen water bottles and all manner of objects, with three officers who may be permanently blinded after being targeted with lasers to their eyes. NOT ONE!

I have known and still know officers that serve in the capacity of school resource officers. In fact, I also served as a school resource officer. All of the officers I know that serve in that capacity are caring, dedicated, and concerned officers.

Men and women who serve in the capacity of SROs have a strong belief in what they are doing, and are there for the right reasons…to serve as a resource for students and staff, to portray a positive image of law enforcement officers, and to develop relationships with the kids so they trust the police.

I have personally experienced a student who had developed a relationship with me that led to a child abuse arrest and conviction, all because the student trusted me. I have seen this numerous other times in my career among other officers.

However as always, far-left Democrats want to throw out the baby with the bath water. Instead of looking at ways where SROs could be better utilized and try to integrate them into an overall school safety and student advocate program, they look at this as a way to once again demonize police officers, because at the end of the day, all that stands between a lawful society, which Democrats clearly don’t want and tyranny, which Democrats clearly do want is the police.

Chris Murphy once again proves why it’s such an embarrassment to have this numb nut representing Connecticut in the Senate.

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