Following months of riots and attacks on law enforcement by leftists and calls to defund the police by members of the Democrat party, Sheriff James Albert of Westmoreland County announced this week that he is changing his affiliation from Democrat to Republican, stating that his ideals were now closer to the Republicans than to his former party.
“It was a really difficult decision and I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I feel I stand for the ideals of the Republican Party platform more than the Democrats today,” Albert said. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, but a conservative Democrat at that. I’m pro-life, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a lifetime member of the NRA and, today, I feel my ideals are closer to the Republican Party than Democrats.”
Sheriff Albert’s decision to switch sides comes in the wake of violent riots in Lancaster City, PA, where hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Antifa-aligned protesters took to the streets to riot over the shooting death of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who attempted to stab a police officer.
Although his death has been ruled a homicide, the nature of the case and the existence of bodycam footage means that the police officer may not be charged following the completion of the investigation.
CNN described the riot, which was heavily documented on social media, as part of “widespread protests across the nation over police brutality and systemic racism.” Rioters set fires in the streets, attacked multiple businesses, tore down storefronts and vandalized privately owned vehicles.
Albert, who is 77, has worked for over four decades in both law enforcement and as a judge. TribLive says that his decision came after he watched months of news coverage about the riots showing “arson, mob rule and attacks against law enforcement.”
“I was saddened and enraged by the murder of David Dorn, a 77-year-old African American retired police captain, who was shot by a pawn shop looter during a protest in St. Louis,” Albert said. “These outrageous, lawless acts have been met with silence, acquiescence and, in some instances, outright support from the local, state and national leadership of the Democratic Party.”
A report by Princeton University shows that in three months of protesting in the United States, nearly 570 of them were violent in nearly 220 locations across the country. Ironically, the intent of the study was to show that Black Lives Matter protests were “overwhelmingly peaceful.”