Virginia's New AG: 'We Are Now Going to Value Law Enforcement'

By Susan Jones | January 18, 2022 | 9:43am EST
Virginia's new Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares takes the oath of office on January 15, 2022. (Photo: Screen capture)
Virginia's new Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares takes the oath of office on January 15, 2022. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - "So it's a new day in Virginia," the commonwealth's new Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares told Fox News on Tuesday night.

"[O]ur message is, we're now going to value law enforcement. We're not going to defund them, we're going to defend them and give them the tools they need to do their jobs. We're not going to have a criminal-first, victim-last mindset. We're going to have a victim first mindset.”

Within hours of taking the oath of office, Miyares announced that he is opening investigations into the Loudoun County Public Schools and the Virginia Parole Board:

"The Virginia Parole Board broke the law when they let out murderers, rapists and cop killers early in their sentences without notifying the victims," Miayares said. "Loudoun County Public schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl.

Miyares said "Virginians deserve answers," and "they want transparency and accountability."

"Well, I mean, the messages is, there's a new sheriff in town," Miyares said.

And what we saw in Virginia, a big reason why we won is that we've had a criminal-first, victim-last mindset. In Richmond we had one party -- far-left, liberal monopoly -- that has been in control (for) two years and they passed a series of laws that made Virginians less safe, less secure.

They voted to end the mandatory reporting requirement of sexual assault in schools. They tried to end mandatory minimums for even second-offense dealing drugs to a child at a school or a bus stop. They are reducing from a felony to a misdemeanor assaulting a police officer.

And you layer on top of that a lot of these far-left special interests -- they call themselves "justice prosecutors," but they never conveniently ever mention justice for the victims -- that are deciding not to prosecute wholesale crimes. And particularly in Northern Virginia what you've seen is, in these outer exurbs outside of D.C., voters were so concerned that they saw the sky-high murder rate -- the murder rate in Fairfax has doubled since the Fairfax prosecutor, (Steve) Descano, took over -- another one of these far-left, social justice, woke warriors that have taken over.

And so our message is, we are now going to value law enforcement. We're not going to defund them. We're going  to defend them and give them the tools they need to do their jobs...

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