Congressman Jodey Arrington meets with law enforcement about new legislation

Law enforcement from across the region met with Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington in Plainview Tuesday, listening to his propositions and giving him feedback.

Arrington will file three pieces of legislation regarding policing.

The first is "increase certain penalties for assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees."

"You could go to jail for a longer period of time for defacing a monument than you could for assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon," Arrington said. "We're going to increase the penalty with respect to prison time, at least the prospect of prison time, and then in some cases, you're not going to get off scot free."

He is also proposing to increase the maximum term of imprisonment for rioting.

His third piece of legislation calls on the federal government to restore order in cities across the country that are experiencing ongoing violence.

"Leaders at the local level in these cities have allowed the mob to just run right over them. They've coward to them, and now they're the ones running the city," Arrington said.

The Congressman also said defunding the police is not the answer to rogue police officers.

"We've got bad apples in every barrel...the question is do we take care of business? Do we hold them accountable? Do we make sure that we do everything to keep that from happening if it's in our power?" Arrington said.

Arrington added policing should be a local and state issue. He also encouraged officers to get out in the community, saying engagement is the long game.

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