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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 State Rep. Jeff Shipley is being challenged by Democrat Phil Miller.

Rep. Shipley’s response: “No, I do not support the idea of police and prison abolition. Society must have strong and effective measures to protect and enforce the rights and liberties of the people. Especially in a time where mindless, profane, barbarians are roaming the streets, sowing chaos, reaping destruction and spilling blood. Police and prison seem more important than ever! I advocate police and prison reformation.”