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Public order is not a privilege, it is a right

We are going to have some very bad consequences across the state if we continue down this perilous path of undercutting law enforcement and public order. Let me be clear about this: public order is not a privilege, it is a right. The need for public order is why government was established in the first place, and it is what makes the liberties granted to us in the Constitution possible. As we descend into this free-for-all mob rule, we are undercutting the very function of government.
Source: 2020 Minnesota Senate campaign website LewisForMN.com , Jul 8, 2020

Without public order, the mob will control the neighborhood

abandoned. This is the greatest abdication of responsibility I've seen in my lifetime, and the Democrats that control these cities have a lot to answer to. Without public order, the mob will control the neighborhood and with it your freedom. For those calling to defund the police look no further than our own communities to see the consequences of anarchy. As rioters were destroying businesses, the police were given orders to stand down. This is what it looks like when public order is
Source: 2020 Minnesota Senate campaign website LewisForMN.com , Jul 8, 2020

Don't second-guess the actions of police officers

Solving Social Unrest: While everyone supports equal justice for all, the violence in our cities and the attacks on law enforcement must stop. My wife was a St. Paul police officer for 7 years and my father-in-law is a retired police officer. Consequently, I am keenly aware of the day-to-day pressures facing law enforcement--not the least of which includes split-second life and death decisions. I do not think it's appropriate for those who have little understanding of such situations to second-guess the actions of police officers until all the evidence is in from a complete investigation. Nor do I believe local leaders should be injecting race into elections for political expediency.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com , Nov 8, 2016

End overcriminalization: focus on high risk offenders

Criminal justice reform is also needed and I support bipartisan legislation recently introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner and Bobby Scott. The Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective Justice Act seeks to streamline our federal justice system focusing on high risk offenders and making certain federal overcriminalization (there are now 4,500 federal crimes on the books) doesn't ensnare entire communities by putting first time nonviolent offenders in jail. Congress should assist local agencies in making certain that 'equal application of the law' as well as the unequivocal support of law enforcement combine to afford every community the safety and security it deserves.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com , Nov 8, 2016

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