On January 6th, 2021, a group of insurrectionists championing President Donald Trump’s false claims of a rigged election stormed the US Capitol Building and disrupted the final electoral college vote count. These violent individuals vandalized the nation’s highest government offices, threatening elected officials, their staffers, and our American democracy and national security.
The following is a statement issued by Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.), 21-year police veteran and executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, on behalf of the organization:
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) calls on all law enforcement officials and those who support them to reject this despicable act of domestic terrorism. Those responsible for this incident should be held socially and criminally accountable. As an attempt to overturn a legitimate election, these actions should be understood as a treasonous assault on our democracy.
This is a critical moment for law enforcement to unify around our shared missions of maintaining community safety and preserving constitutional principles. While our laws are imperfect and in a constant state of refinement, the democratic process must allow us to do that work peacefully and free from fear. These events point to a crisis that must be addressed immediately. If we do not take this moment seriously, we will be left vulnerable to attack from both domestic and foreign enemies.
Today, and every day, LEAP calls on those who truly love this country to stand with us as we call for justice and peace.
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance public safety solutions. LEAP’s more than 270 law enforcement representatives from diverse backgrounds speak on behalf of thousands of law enforcement professionals across the U.S.