McConnell Remarks During National Police Week
‘I hope peace officers throughout our country, from the Capitol to Kentucky and all 50 states, know how grateful we are for their courage and their service.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding National Police Week:
“Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week.
“Under normal circumstances, we’d be welcoming peace officers from across the country here to Washington to share experiences and commemorate brothers and sisters who have fallen in the line of duty.
“This year, I understand many of the in-person gatherings have been postponed to the autumn. But we’re still remembering our law enforcement officers as we prepare for Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15th.
“The past year has seen the difficult jobs of law enforcement become even harder. They’ve battled the challenges of an historic pandemic. In many places, they’ve grappled with increased violent crime rates and unrest.
“And following terrible incidents this past year, the majority of brave and honorable law enforcement officers have too often found themselves painted unfairly with a broad brush, as though their entire profession should be defined by the worst examples.
“This year’s remembrances will be especially somber here at the Capitol, where we are still mourning Officers Billy Evans, Howie Liebengood, and Brian Sicknick, whom we have lost in a matter of months.
“I hope peace officers throughout our country, from the Capitol to Kentucky and all 50 states, know how grateful we are for their courage and their service.”
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