Calls for Democratic Assemblywoman Shondra Summers-Armstrong (AD-6) to apologize are increasing over her statement made during a hearing on Senate Bill 296. Assm. Summers-Armstrong has cosponsored SB296 that “prohibits a peace officer from issuing a citation for certain violations relating to registration, license plates, permits for unregistered vehicles and equipment, unless the violation is discovered when the vehicle is halted or its driver is arrested for another alleged violation or offense.”
In the video below, Assm. Summers-Armstrong claims that “black and brown people get pulled over for this stuff more than anybody else and we are the ones in danger. Police are taught that we are dangerous in a traffic stop and often come to the situation with heightened response and it’s dangerous for us.”
Perhaps the most offensive and ignorant statement made this session.
Our police are heroes. @Shondra_Summers, you owe our police officers an apology.
— Nevada GOP (@NVGOP) May 8, 2023
To note, claims made by the public during legislative hearings must be substantiated by documentation provided by the public to the legislature. We have reached out to Assm. Summers-Armstrong for substantiation and comment and will provide and update if received.
John Abel, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association told The Globe: “No where in the academy curriculum or field training to be a police officer are we ever taught to fear people of color. I believe Assemblywoman Summers-Armstrong owes the men and women in law enforcement an apology for her inflammatory comments that will only make our job more dangerous. She is an elected state assemblywoman, so her words hold weight especially when said on the record in a committee hearing.”
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