Sen. Angus King rebuffs Reid, blocks police ‘stand your ground’ legislation

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A second member of Maine’s congressional delegation is unwilling to buck his Democratic colleagues, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid presses forward with a piece of legislation to protect police from the wishes of police departments to shoot.

A month after Democrat Michael Michaud voted against the Unified Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, Maine’s lone member of Congress, Sen. Angus King, took another run at the bill. And this time, he fell short, voting against it, as did fellow Independent Angus King.

While the police protection act garnered three Republican votes, led by freshman Sen. John McCain of Arizona, another Republican, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, was absent for procedural reasons.

“Democrats face an obligation to support officers who are battling opioid abuse as well as drug cartels,” said King, who did not take part in the discussions and votes. “While this legislation does address both, it is my view that we have to strike a balance and consider additional steps to address the underlying issue: encouraging treatment while also respecting the responsibility that police officers have to protect the public.”

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