Pence Meets with Youngstown Police, City Leaders

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After stopping at Lordstown Motors Corp. in the early afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence traveled to downtown Youngstown to meet with city leaders and the Youngstown Police Department.

He attended the department’s roll call and spoke for about 10 minutes to roughly 25 officers and Chief Robin Lees. Pence, according to a pool report, praised the community work the department has done.

On June 16, Youngstown Police opened its use-of-force training to the community in an effort to improve transparency and built community trust. Members of the police force have also joined Chaney High School’s football team for practice.

The vice president praised the work and said he and President Donald Trump “stand united in support of police and will look for ways to improve law enforcement,” according to the pool report.

“Nobody hates bad cops more than good cops,” Pence said.

Afterward, he met privately with Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, city community engagement coordinator Derrick McDowell, Community Initiative to Reduce Violence director Guy Burney and Chris Amilli, head coach of the Chaney Cowboys football team.

“Today’s visit is a stark contrast to the radical left agenda of defunding the police. Democrats in Washington spent this week blocking real police reform in the Senate and advancing efforts to undermine law enforcement in the House,” said Devin O’Malley, Pence’s press secretary. “Meanwhile, today in northeastern Ohio, Vice President Pence looks forward to highlighting the Trump Administration’s policy agenda that promotes public safety, law and order, prosperity for all Americans and more educational opportunities.”

Pictured: Vice President Mike Pence waves to the crowd during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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