Conservative group Heritage Action launches pro-police billboards in three cities

Conservative group Heritage Action launches pro-police billboards in three cities
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The right-leaning Heritage Action for America group on Monday announced a series of billboards in three U.S. cities — Dallas, Atlanta and New York — meant to encourage Americans to support police amid nationwide protests against police brutality and the treatment of Black Americans by members of law enforcement.

A spokeswoman for the group said in a Fox News interview Monday that the effort was meant to "push back against the anarchy" that she alleged was being pushed by protesters across the country who in recent weeks have demonstrated against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., as well as the deaths of Black Americans such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in police custody.

"We are rolling out these billboards today with a very simple message: 'No police, no peace,'" said Heritage's executive director, Jessica Anderson. "We know, like many millions of Americans across the country, that the only chance this country has for safety and security is with a strong law enforcement."

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Heritage's billboards coincide with a pro-police petition shared by the organization that encourages supporters to "stand with America’s Police and pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to 'Defund the Police.'" The petition has been signed so far by more than a dozen GOP senators and more than 100 GOP House members. No Democrats have signed the petition.

The billboards represent the latest effort by allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE to tie his 2020 opponent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE (D), to calls from left-leaning demonstrators to shift resources away from police and law enforcement to social welfare services in the wake of videos showing the deaths of Black Americans during encounters with police, including Floyd's in late May, which sparked protests across the nation.

Biden has instead firmly rejected calls to reduce funding for law enforcement and has charged that Trump himself would cut funds to law enforcement as part of a plan that would reduce funding for a federal program that assists localities in hiring officers.