WILL ALBRITTON CONDEMN VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE?
By JEAN LEFFLER
Riots rocked the streets of America this summer following uproar over the tragic but statistically rare shootings of several unarmed African Americans by police officers. In recent weeks, the violence perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and Antifa made a home in our own city of Casselberry. Opposing right-wing and leftwing protestors gather on a regular basis at the corner of 17-92 and 436 near the overpass to counteract each other. The rightwing protestors generally include Trump supporters and a variety of independent minded moderates voicing concerns about calls to defund police departments. Over the past few weeks, alongside the left-wing marchers were several radical activists and politicians, including Casselberry Commission candidate Chad Albritton. In a protest in August, activists from both sides attacked one another, prompting officers to get involved. Following a round of pushing and shoving by activists, one of the officers, Rick Muriah, fell to the ground as a result of the assault. The issues now raised by many residents come down to safety.
With endorsements from radical leftists such as State Representative Anna Eskamani, some now wonder whether Mr. Albritton harbours the same anti-police sentiments as his counterparts in the BLM movement. As of early October, Mr. Albritton still has refrained from condemning this act of violence against the police. Whether conducted by protestors from the left or right, violence against our men and women in law enforcement is never the answer. Mr. Albritton's campaign embodies a sweeping effort by the Democratic Party in Seminole County to incubate a new generation of left-wing candidates in order to flip the region blue. Bought-and-paid-for by far-left Democrats, including, Actblue, Albritton's campaign remains well funded by outside groups and donors. Many residents now fear that Casselberry will become the launching pad not only for Albritton's career, but many future left-wing candidates hell-bent on force-feeding voters their agenda.
Our city commissioners ought to be of the highest calibre, keeping order and holding fast to the voters' wishes. Instead of division and chaos, Casselberry deserves a candidate who promotes unity and lawfulness. Haven't we had enough rioting and protests? Haven't we had enough disruption in our community? Mr. Albritton it seems doesn't think so. Until he renounces Eskamani's radical endorsement, and condemns the violence waged by his leftist allies, he will remain anathema to voters and unqualified for office at any level.
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