U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten (D) continued to grow her far-left voting record when she opposed a bill to deport illegal aliens who attack police officers on Wednesday.
“Any alien who has been convicted of, who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of, any offense involving assault of a law enforcement officer is deportable,” the brief bill reads.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D), the anointed candidate to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), joined 35 other Democrats in voting to support the bill.
“Hillary Scholten’s shameful anti-police vote shows our law enforcement that she doesn’t have their back,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Gustafson said in a statement. “Scholten clearly cares more about coddling criminals than keeping Michigan families safe.”
Such a bill may have changed the behavior of immigrants such as Patrick Lyoya, who fought with a police officer and was killed in Grand Rapids in 2022 while he was driving “super drunk,” according to the Detroit News.
Lyoya’s lengthy criminal record was “irrelevant” to the events that led up to his death, family attorney Ven Johnson argued.
Patrick Lyoya’s driver’s license was revoked and a warrant was out for his arrest when a Grand Rapids police officer killed him during a traffic stop, state records show.
An arrest warrant was issued out of the City of Wyoming on April 1 in connection to a domestic violence allegation, according to court records.
The warrant was signed three days before officer Christopher Schurr shot and killed Lyoya during a traffic stop in Grand Rapids April 4.
Officer Christopher Schurr pulled Lyoya over because the license plate did not match the car Lyoya was driving.
“Whatever the initial reason to stop, we know it was not a license plate because he couldn’t see it,” Johnson claimed.
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When Schurr attempted to talk to Lyoya, the immigrant got out of the car and fled and Schurr pursued him, leading to a fatal struggle over the officer’s weapons.
“Whatever he had, warrants, past run-ins with the law, it has no bearing on what happened in this case,” Cle Jackson, President of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, said defending Lyoya’s actions.
After Lyoya’s death, Scholten tweeted, “The work of transformative justice requires all of us. As a member of this community, I’m all in to do the hard work necessary for ensuring accountability, transparency, and fairness in the rule of law. We can–and must–create a safer and more equitable city for all.”
The work of transformative justice requires all of us. As a member of this community, I’m all in to do the hard work necessary for ensuring accountability, transparency, and fairness in the rule of law. We can–and must–create a safer and more equitable city for all.
— Hillary Scholten (@HillaryScholten) April 13, 2022
Scholten previously backed a bill to ease penalties for violent crimes in the District of Columbia, a proposal opposed even by President Joe Biden (D).