Rep. Becker’s Comments Show a Total Lack of Respect for Due Process

August 30, 2018

CLERMONT COUNTY — Today, Patricia Lawrence, candidate for Ohio House in the 65th district, released the following statement following Rep. John Becker’s appalling comment that police shootings often look like “justice was delivered to the dead punk”:


“Every American has a right to a fair trial and due process under the law. John Becker’s comments show not only a lack of respect for the US constitution, but a lack of respect for human life.

No human being deserves to die on the street without a chance to defend their actions. And no human being has the power to decide in a chaotic moment that an alleged crime is punishable by death.

Police shootings are sometimes necessary to save lives or prevent violence, but they are always a tragedy, and must always be a last resort. We also can’t ignore that these shootings sometimes take place under controversial circumstances. And we know that when someone dies, somewhere a family is about to have the worst day of their lives. It is inexcusable that my opponent would so casually suggest police shootings are an appropriate form of justice.

“It is clear that John Becker is not qualified to hold future office, and these comments have only fueled me fight even harder to unseat him in November.”

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