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America is waiting with bated breath for Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential candidate pick. Biden, slated to declare a running mate by the beginning of the Democratic National Convention, has all interested parties on pins and needles. The former Vice-President has made clear on more than several occasions a Biden VP pick needs to be “simpatico” with his policies and priorities for this country. This is all big news because I don’t know if you recall or not, but Biden hinted he’d only serve one term. That’s kind of a big deal, Johnson.

Joe’s Veepstakes Contestants

The roster of VP contenders boasts of such political heavyweights as Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, and Kamela Harris, but one name on the short-list that’s drawn sharp criticism lately is Val Demmings despite having numerous monumental moments in her law-enforcement and political career. The Harley riding, God-fearing U.S. Representative from Florida is currently in the media limelight for her perceived fumblings while serving on the Orlando Police Department. The missteps that are now placing her under a magnifying glass as a VP contender and, if chosen as a Joe Biden running mate pick, could potentially put him at a disadvantage with a large group of American voters.

Who Is Val Demings?

The House Representative owns a residence in the swing state of Florida with her three children and husband Orange County Mayor, Jerry Demings. The native-born Floridian made history as the first black female Chief of Police to the Orlando Police Department. Altogether from 1983, she served for over two decades, steadily climbing up through the ranks from rookie cop to becoming police chief. Demings, a staunch Democrat, is currently serving her second term in the House of Representatives going to bat for her constituents of the 10th Congressional District.

Val Demings: The Early Years

Representative Demings was born Valdez Venita Butler on March 12, 1957. One of seven siblings, daughter to Eloise, a maid, and James, a janitor, Demings grew up below the poverty level in Jacksonville, Florida. Demings called a small section of Jacksonville, known as Mandarin, her home. Attending heavily segregated schools throughout her early childhood, then finally graduating from Wolfson High School. Directly following high school, she attended Florida State University, earning a degree in criminology.

Law Enforcement Wasn’t Deming’s First Career

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology in 1979, she went on to an 18-month position as a social worker in Jacksonville, Florida. Her work was rewarding in the way that she protected the safety of foster children. Deming’s interest in law enforcement didn’t start with her criminology studies at Florida State. The current House member got her first taste of law enforcement when she served school patrol while attending Dupont Junior High.

The Crux Of Deming’s Law Enforcement Stint

Although not in the national spotlight at the time, according to Politico, 84-year-old veteran Daniel Daly, received a hip check from a young Orlando Department police officer, 26-year-old Travis Lamont, resulting in a broken neck. Supposedly, an argument ensued stemming from Daly’s inquiry regarding the towing of his vehicle. During the loud discussion, Daly says he tapped the officer resulting in being slammed to the ground. Even though a jury awarded the veteran a recorded 880,000 dollar settlement, Demings, then a fourth-year police chief, stood with the maneuver of force Officer Lamont decided to use.

The instance should’ve at least led Demings to conduct a widespread department scolding on use-of-force. That didn’t happen, and in fact, another occasion now front and center in the public eye occurred with a young Orlando woman, Jessica Asperilla. Ms. Asperilla got pushed down a flight of stairs after allegedly spitting on the officer. Officer Fernando Trinidad, during an early morning call to a nightclub insisted she tripped, causing her to fall, and Demings stood by him. Later, during a hearing, security cameras would confirm Ms. Aspirilla’s account of the instance. Orlando police gave Trinidad an order to pay Asperill’s medical bills, a 16-hour suspension and loss of two vacation days for his false report of the incident. That’s it.

Again, this wasn’t a learning incident followed by required use-of-force re-instruction for the department by Demings. According to documents secured by Politico for the article, there was contention among the ranks for Demings’ handling of over a thousand uses of force issues during her 2007-2011 tenure as police chief.

Why Representative Demings Is The Wrong Choice

It’s fair to say, if you’re a more milquetoast Democrat or been living under a rock for the last few months you might think having an ex-Police Chief as a Joe Biden VP Pick is a good thing. It’s not. Someone needs to explain to me why three of the possible Joe Biden Running mate must be tied to the criminal justice system. When I say tied to the system I mean in the business of filling prisons? I’m talking about Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, and now Val Demings. It’s insanity to me.

Demings, a favorite of Pelosi’s which automatically makes Demings a non-favorite to the progressive voters. Pelosi may enjoy calling herself a Progressive, but Pelosi is not a friend to progressive policies such as “Green New Deal, Legalizing Cannabis, Medicare For All or Defunding the Police. How can Biden win without enthusiastic voters from the true left? The only chance is a push from the never-Trumper movement. Demings may be acceptable to that crop of conservative voters who dislike Trump. Some of those Conservative voters may also prefer Rep. Demings because she sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Judiciary Committee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security. Hey, I never said Rep. Demings wasn’t accomplished. I’m saying, Demings like Harris, like Klobuchar, are not acceptable Joe Biden VP Picks for a time of passionate peaceful protests crying out to Defund The Police. Will the Democratic Party finally be a party of police reform or will they continue to send mix-signals, forfeiting the true left to siphon away Republican Lite voters? If Joe Biden selects Harris, Klobuchar, or Demings you’ll know the answer to that question and you won’t need a teleprompter, Johnson.

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