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Stacey Abrams Slammed Over Comments She Made About Law Enforcement During Debate

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Democratic Georgia Gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams received backlash after making a claim about law enforcement.

Abrams made the remarks during the Georgia gubernatorial debate on Sunday.

“I don’t have 107 sheriffs who want to be able to take Black people off the streets, who want to be able to go without accountability,” Abrams said.

She added, “I don’t believe every sheriff wants that, but I do know that we need a governor who believes in both defending law enforcement but also defending the people of Georgia.”

Watch the moment below:

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Several Twitter users blasted Abrams for her claim.

Oner user argued every chance Abrams gets, she “doubles down on her anti-police rhetoric that has cost violence and increased crimes magnified in the communities she claims to represent.”

Another user wondered “what Georgia’s sheriffs thought about this smear.”

Read more tweets below:

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Politico noted during the debate Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) attempted to convince viewers Abrams is in favor of defunding the police.

“I believe in public safety. I did not say and nor do I believe in defunding police,” Abrams said.

She continued, “He is lying again. And I’ve never said that I believe in defunding the police. I believe in public safety and accountability. And I would have you look at my record, 11 years in the state legislature.”

The Survey of Black Voters, conducted by TheGrio and KFF, was published on Wednesday and asked 1,000 black adults who say they are registered voters about their thoughts on law enforcement.

Only 17% back the idea of defunding the police.

Close to 50% said they would support keeping police funding about the same, compared to 34% who would like to see an increase in financial support.

According to Politico, more than 1.6 million residents of Georgia have already cast their ballots during the period of early voting.

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