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The Iowa Standard reached out to all federal and state legislative candidates to find out where they stand on the idea of defunding police and abolishing both the police and prisons. This idea is supported by Des Moines Black Lives Matter.

Republican Mike Klimesh is running against Democrat Matt Tapscott in Iowa Senate District 28.

Tapscott’s response: “NO! It is a ridiculous notion. I have family and friends who have and do ‘serve and protect’ the people of Iowa honorably and professionally.”

Klimesh’s response: “This is an easy question for me. My answer is NO I do not support defunding or abolishing the police or prisons.“

Author: Jacob Hall