Val Demings blasts Republicans for ‘making law enforcement political’

Val Demings
Demings says RNC is 'disgraceful' for attempting to use police for politics.

Orlando’s Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a former Orlando Police Chief, on Monday blasted the Republican National Committee’s platform on law enforcement, saying it politicizes police while making no effort to hold them accountable.

“For the RNC to take this moment to use law enforcement, or try to, as a political pawn, I think it’s disgraceful. And shameful,” Demings said Monday.

Demings was speaking on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which on Monday is launching a series of preemptive strikes on Republicans as they begin their national convention to get behind President Donald Trump‘s reelection bid.

Joined by Kate Bedingfield, communications director for the Biden campaign, Demings topic was “how Trump’s chaos presidency caused a crisis for families” and she stuck to that in her prepared remarks, charging that the President has offered a total absence of leaderships or a clear reasonable, sensible plan to deal with the coronavirus crisis and the ensuing economic and social crises.

Demings insisted Biden has always stood with law enforcement.

‘The question is: do we hold law enforcement officers who engage in misconduct accountable?” Demings said. “I’m really extremely disappointed that the RNC, led by this President, would try to use law enforcement as a political pawn. When as you know, the last thing law enforcement should be is political.”

“The men and women in blue have a tough job to do. And we do know that the overwhelming majority of them do a good, decent job. I don’t mind anybody celebrating good police officers,” she said. “But I also believe the RNC would be better served this week if they took their time to celebrate the good ones but also to send a clear message that we have to hold the bad ones accountable.”

During this time of police and community tension, Demings continued, leaders need to send a clear message that the police are part of the community and the community is part of the police. It’s a mantra that Demings has used since her time with the Orlando Police Department, where she served for 26 years.

Her recommendation is for leaders to look at hiring standards, at training, and the officers doing the training.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Ray Blacklidge

    August 24, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, seems to me it was a bunch of Democrats who politicalized law enforcement, calling for their abolishment and smaller budgets.

    • PeterH

      August 25, 2020 at 7:44 am

      Which ‘bunch of Democrats’ are you talking about? Unelected street protesters?

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    August 25, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Excuse me? Does she realize the Democrats are calling for the police to be defunded? Classic.

    Republicans care about safety in our homes and in the streets. #VoteRepublican


    August 25, 2020 at 9:24 am

    She needs to go find her stolen service weapon.

  • Janet Muchnik

    August 25, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Is there a way to run in to this event?

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704