Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) spoke at a news conference Thursday after Gov. Ron DeSandis (R) announced the suspension of U.S. Attorney Andrew Warren as part of his stand against George-Soros-backed vigilante prosecutors who at risk communities throughout the country.
“I know that the people behind me who wake up every day and wear a gun, a badge and a bulletproof vest appreciate this strong leadership, where you see the elimination of stability and security around our nation, starting from our borders to the our big cities in our states,” Moody said as she stood at the podium, flanked by law enforcement.
“It is because an officer entrusted with the enforcement and execution of laws has abdicated that responsibility. When you see record overdoses, record crime, it’s because one executive doesn’t care enough to stand up and do his job in our state,” Moody continued, identifying DeSantis as the state’s top executive constitutionally charged with the safeguarding of the laws. performed faithfully — a downward trend in blue states and jurisdictions.
“The fact that we have an executive who is willing to dig in and talk to the line officers and understand where the executives, the prosecutors are not meeting the expectations and the demands and the responsibilities of their role — they have no choice but to step in and to ensure the safety of the state and those communities,” he said, accusing Warren of “proudly” joining prosecutors from New York, Washington and Los Angeles when he first took office, arguing that he “will not impose and he won’t be tough on crime.”
“Probably, I won’t be tough on crime. And then we repeatedly sell his denial of his clear statements. I will not enforce this law. I will not enforce this law. I’m not going to do that,” Moody said, making it clear that it’s not up to Warren to decide which laws should be enforced and which shouldn’t be enforced.
“Let me tell you who makes the laws and decides what is criminal. Are you. They are the people of this state through their elected representatives. They decide what the law should be to protect their communities. And their families. And the executive cannot come in and eliminate that, abolish that,” he said, explaining that it leads to instability in communities, thus creating more crime.
“When you see prosecutors out there who blame victims or blame businesses for not having better security, rather than them for not putting criminals behind bars — when a prosecutor puts crime before law and order, you’re going to have problem”. said the attorney general, detailing the plight that officers face every day because of vigilante prosecutors.
“That’s why when people around this nation started talking about cutting police forces, defunding the police, our governor stood up and said, ‘Oh, no. How do we raise funding? How do we give our police raises? How we recruit more to the state of Florida.” And under his leadership, we started the be a Florida HERO program,” he said, announcing that the state has “a record number of officers moving to Florida from other states because their governors don’t uphold the law and support the blue.”
In addition, Moody predicted that the trend will continue in the coming months.
“We are very, very grateful for this governor’s strong, detail-oriented leadership and for taking seriously his responsibility to faithfully ensure that our laws are enforced and our people are safe,” he added.
In Florida, we #BackTheBlue, #FundThePolice and take strong action to defend the rule of law from those who seek to undermine it.@GovRonDeSantis he takes very seriously his constitutional responsibility to ensure that our laws are faithfully executed. pic.twitter.com/kB6f9PfGVA
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) August 4, 2022