Governor Wolf is Anti-Law Enforcement
(York, PA) On April 19th, Eric Frein was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon Dickson.
On April 26th, a jury sentenced Frein to death, but their decision won’t matter because thanks to Governor Tom Wolf, Eric Frein will get to live.
Based on witness testimony, the defendant’s admissions, police accounts, and other pieces of evidence presented at trial, we know Frein stalked and killed Trooper Dickson.
Frein described in great detail how he “assassinated” Trooper Dickson, and how Trooper Dickson fell to the ground “still and quiet.”
District Attorney Ray Tonkin referred to Frein as a “terrorist with murder in his heart, a plan in his mind, and a rifle in his hands.”
No matter one’s stance on the death penalty, it would be difficult to argue that there is a crime more fitting for the death penalty, but Governor Wolf took that option off the table.
Because of Governor Wolf, Eric Frein will spend the rest of his life in a state prison, with taxpayers picking up the tab.
In early 2015, Governor Wolf decided whether cop killer Eric Frein and other murderous terrorists would face the ultimate finality for commissions of their crimes.
Governor Wolf bypassed the legislature and the courts and instead ruled by executive order — “one man and his pen” — to strip away the rights of victims and their families.
Governor Wolf spoke to no victim’s families, no law enforcement leaders, and no average citizens most of whom overwhelmingly support the death penalty.
Instead, to satisfy the politically correct left, he sent a message to Bryon Dickson’s family, and families just like his, that the life of their loved one was less valuable than the life of a murderer like Eric Frein.
There is no doubt that the death penalty should be used judiciously, and only after every avenue to prove or disprove guilt has been exhausted.
The Governor has the ability to support reforms that allow for DNA tests whenever available, and to not sign a death warrant without conclusive evidence that the perpetrator is guilty.
Governor Wolf also has the ability to deal with each of these cases exactly how the legislature and past Governors have, by weighing the individual cases on their merits, not by a broad sweeping policy that would protect the most guilty among us, monsters like Eric Frein.
Police officers are our protectors, and Governor Wolf’s liberal moratorium made the crime of killing one of them less egregious in our society.
In essence, it made the lives of the men and women who serve us everyday less valuable than they were before Governor Wolf took office.
Many will find my criticism harsh, and it’s meant to be.
If you ask the survivors of a victim, I’m certain they would say, “deservedly so.”
If Governor Wolf was trying to prove that he is anti-law enforcement, his moratorium hit it out of the ballpark.
Then, in addition to making sure Eric Frein didn’t receive the death penalty, Governor Wolf gave in to liberal extremists when he vetoed a common sense law sponsored by PA State Representative Martina White (PA- 170) to shield law enforcement from unfair targeting.
HB 1538 would withhold the identity of officers who are involved in a violent confrontation, until they are “charged with an offense, or cleared, and any threats against the officer or their families…dissipated.”
The bill passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly and had the support of law enforcement, only to see Governor Wolf unilaterally veto it to satisfy the left.
Inexplicably, Governor Wolf said he vetoed the bill because it would “erode trust between law enforcement and the community.”
If Governor Wolf was worried about trust, he would respect the people and the laws of the Commonwealth – including the death penalty.
Let me repeat – If Governor Wolf was worried about trust, he would also stand up for good cops and protect those who protect us.
Unfortunately, Governor Wolf’s actions have shown that he is more interested in checking a box on his liberal agenda than actually doing what is right.
Things will change when I am the next Governor of Pennsylvania.
I will be a voice for victims of violent crimes, and I will respect and stand up for law enforcement.
I will work tirelessly to protect good cops.
Most importantly, I will make sure that victims and their families have their rights protected as vigorously as criminals’.