Ron DeSantis on Crime



Citing George Floyd killing is "virtue signaling"

Q: What would you do about violent crime rates remaining high?

Gov. Nikki HALEY: When we bring law and order back to our cities, then that's when they'll be safe.

DESANTIS: Nikki Haley and I have a disagreement on the BLM stuff, because she tweeted during this period of time that the death of George Floyd should be "personal and painful for each and every American". She was virtue signaling to the left, she was accepting the narrative, and she was trying to impress people who were never going to like us. I never bought in to going after the police, we backed the Blue to the state of Florida, and we're about lower crime as a result of that.

HALEY: When I said that about George Floyd, when we turned around and had the worst shooting in a religious place that we had seen in this country, not only did I pass the first Body Camera Bill in the country and keep our state together, we came together as a state in prayer and we had no division, no riots, no anything.

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate , Jan 10, 2024

We're going to shoot drug smugglers stone cold dead

Gov. Ron DeSantis: We are going to designate the cartels to be foreign terrorist organizations or something similar to that and we're going to authorize the use of deadly force. We're going to have maritime operations to interdict precursor chemicals going into Mexico. But I'll tell you this, if someone in the drug cartels is sneaking fentanyl across the border when I'm president, that's going to be the last thing they do. We're going to shoot them stone cold dead.
Source: NBC News 2023 Republican primary debate in Miami , Nov 8, 2023

Back the Blue; fight Soros-funded prosecutors

Q: You fired a couple of prosecutors in your state. But as president, you would not have the ability to do that. How do you think about dealing with the root causes of crime?

DESANTIS: Crime in the cities is one of the strongest signs of the decaying of America. We can't be successful as a country if people aren't even safe to live in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Florida, we back the blue. We support the men and women of law enforcement. They are keeping us safe. We have a 50-year low in the crime rate. And, yes, when I had two progressive prosecutors that weren't following the law in Florida, I removed them from their posts, and the people of Florida are safer as a result of it. As president, I will use the Justice Department to bring civil rights cases against all of those left-wing, Soros-funded prosecutors. We're not going to let them get away with it anymore. We want to reverse this country's decline; we need to choose law and order over rioting and disorder.

Source: Fox Business 2023 Republican primary debate in Simi Valley , Sep 27, 2023

Hollowed-out cities are symbols of national decline

These hollowed out cities, this is a symptom of America's decline. And one of the biggest reasons is because you have George Soros funding these radical left-wing district attorneys. They get into office and they say they're not going to prosecute crimes. When we had two of these district attorneys in Florida elected with Soros funding who said they wouldn't do their job, I removed them from their posts.
Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

No need for jury unanimity to impose capital punishment

SB450: Requiring a determination of a specified number of jurors, rather than jury unanimity, for a sentencing recommendation of death to the court.

ACLU-Florida summary in opposition, 2/9: Ends the requirement for unanimous juries in death penalty cases, and allows the imposition of death based on as few as 8 jurors. Allows judges to override a jury's recommendation of a life sentence and instead impose death. Florida will be one of only 2 states that impose death on people without requiring a unanimous jury--a foolish idea for a state that already leads the nation in exonerations of those on death row.

Governor's press release in favor, 4/20: "Once a defendant in a capital case is found guilty by a unanimous jury, one juror should not be able to veto a capital sentence," said Governor Ron DeSantis.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 29-10-1 on Mar/30/23; passed House 80-30-9 on Apr/13/23; signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on Apr/20/23.

Source: Pres. 2024 press release on Florida voting record SB 450 , Apr 20, 2023

Increase penalties for fentanyl dealers, human smuggling

We need to increase penalties for fentanyl dealers, especially those who target our children. And to do that we must treat them like the murderers that they are. We must further strengthen our laws against illegal immigration by enhancing employment verification, increasing penalties for human smuggling and further disincentivizing illegal immigration to the state of Florida. Florida is not a sanctuary state and we will uphold the rule of law.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Florida legislature , Mar 7, 2023

We're a law-and-order state; reject weak on crime policies

We are a law-and-order state in the state of Florida. We reject weak on crime policies. We reject Soros-funded prosecutors. After the 2020 summer riots, we called up the national guard here immediately. We said we are not letting Florida's cities burn down. We have signed the strongest anti-rioting legislation in the country. In Florida, you're not getting a slap on the wrist. You're getting the inside of a jail cell.
Source: Speech at the 2022 CPAC Conference in Orlando FL , Feb 24, 2022

Florida is a law and order state

We also will continue to honor our commitment to safe communities. Florida is a law and order state. We will not allow law enforcement to be defunded, bail to be eliminated, criminals to be prematurely released from prison or prosecutors to ignore the law. These soft-on-crime policies have been tried in communities throughout the country to disastrous results: crime has skyrocketed, morale for police officers has plummeted and quality of life has been destroyed.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 11, 2022

Opposes insane fantasy of defunding law enforcement

Florida is a state dedicated to law and order. When riots broke out across the nation last year, we saw cities ruined by violent mobs. Law enforcement was targeted and lawlessness prevailed. This was not--and must never be--tolerated in the state of Florida. We have proposed the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement reforms in the nation. We will not permit localities to jeopardize the safety of their citizens by indulging in the insane fantasy of defunding law enforcement.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Florida legislature , Mar 2, 2021

Don't restore voting rights to former felons

Q: Support Amendment #4--a Florida initiative to restore voting rights to 1.6 million former felons, excluding murderers & sex offenders?

Ron DeSantis (R): No. Opposes amendment.

Andrew Gillum (D): Yes. "Floridians who have paid their debts deserve a second chance & should have a voice in our state's future. Our current system is a relic of Jim Crow."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Florida Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Prosecuted wide range of military & federal cases

He has served as a federal prosecutor and as a military prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as theft of sensitive military property, corruption, child abuse, child exploitation, and fraud, as well as notable cases concerning interference with military air navigation and "stolen valor" offenses.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, voteRon2012.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Death penalty for killing police officers.

DeSantis signed death penalty for killing police officers

Congressional Summary: Makes the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations [when] the defendant killed or attempted to kill a person who is authorized by law:

Opposing argument: [Sen. Bernie Sanders, Oct. 13, 2015]: `Black lives matter. The African American community knows that on any given day some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and three days later she`s dead in jail. We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom, and we need major reforms in a broken criminal justice system. I intend to make sure people have education and jobs rather than jail cells.`

Opposing argument: [ACLU of Louisiana, July 7, 2015]: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law that makes targeting a police officer a hate crime. Passage of such bills is a top priority for a national organization called Blue Lives Matter, which was formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. [A video captured] `police killing a black man who was minding his own business,` says the director of ACLU-LA. But it was the civil rights of police officers that Edwards was concerned about, as if theirs were being routinely violated: `I`m not aware of any evidence that police officers have been victimized that would justify giving them special protection.`

Source: H.R.814 & S.2034 16-HR0814 on Feb 9, 2015

Rated 46% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance.

DeSantis scores 46% 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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Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
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Perry Johnson (R-IL)
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Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
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