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WASHINGTON DC- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Capitol Police and other House Republicans cycled around Washington, DC ahead of National Police Week to celebrate those who serve.
“I want them to know that we have their back, not just this week, but every day,” McCarthy told Fox News. “We will ride with them, share time with them and continue to support them.”
The second annual Back the Blue Bike ride, organized by McCarthy’s office, began at the Capitol and traveled through the National Mall with stops along various landmarks before ending at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
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At the memorial, the House Minority Leader and other Republicans, including New York Reps. John Katko and Nicole Malliotakis, stressed the importance of strong policing and honoring those who died in the line of duty. McCarthy pointed out that more than 600 police officers died on duty in 2021.
“You ride, you feel good, and then the sadness,” he told Fox News. “You think of their children, husband and wives who are left behind.”
“It’s a time when people come together as you stand here with other police officers across the country,” McCarthy added. “We honor them today, but we should honor them every day.”
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Last year, McCarthy created the American Security Task Force, which was to focus on border security and support law enforcement. Katko, who led the task force, met with police to develop anti-crime solutions that Republicans could implement if they took control of Congress.
House Republicans have established four priorities, shared exclusively with Fox News earlier this week: securing resources and funding for law enforcement, addressing recruiting issues, ending violence against officers and penalizing progressive district attorneys.
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“These prosecutors who won’t prosecute, who pick and choose…that’s why we’re watching crime rise,” McCarthy told Fox News. Leading prosecutors in places like Los Angeles County and San Francisco have policies in place that limit the crimes that will be prosecuted.
The California Republican said the crime problems seen across the country also stem from attacks on officers.
“We shouldn’t be taking funding away from the police,” McCarthy continued. “We should support them, provide them with more resources to be able to do their job.”
Kelly Laco contributed to this report.
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