Kansas congressional candidates scuffle over police reform

Kansas congressional candidates scuffle over police reform

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Republican state treasurer and Democratic Topeka mayor who are running for the open seat in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District clashed over police reform and racial justice in a debate.

Jake LaTurner, the state’s treasurer, was on the attack Wednesday for much of the 30-minute debate, televised by KSNT in Topeka. He accused Michelle De La Isla, Topeka’s first Latina mayor, of holding “radical” beliefs such as defunding police, The Kansas City Star reports.

De La Isla said she does “not support defunding the police” and called a LaTurner ad that suggested she was actively doing so in Topeka “distasteful and full of lies.” She said it was spliced from a press conference, which is posted to Facebook, where she criticized a newspaper article for taking her words out of context. She said the department has a $40 million budget which has increased in her time as mayor.

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Those calling for defunding generally mean shifting

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