Orlando, FL - A glimpse of State Attorney Aramis Ayala's history shows a bias against law enforcement.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala hit national news on Thursday with the announcement that she would not seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd. Loyd is charged with gunning down his pregnant girlfriend.
After the murder, he was on the run for weeks before he gunned down Orlando Lieutenant Debra Clayton and then ended her life in an execution-style murder. The brutal murder was captured on surveillance video and there is unambiguous evidence that Loyd carried out this horrific act.
The decision not to seek the death penalty shocked the nation. If there's ever cause to seek the death penalty, surely this would be it.
After reviewing State Attorney Aramis Ayala's history, we can see that protecting criminals while attacking police is nothing new for her.
On July 7, 2016, Aramis Ayala posted to Facebook:
I am shocked and saddened by the death of two more black men at the hands of law enforcement in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. Their names were Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the horrific videos of their deaths are deeply troubling. These men did not deserve a death sentence. We need a State Attorney who will be proactive in the pursuit of justice and safety for all.
There are several points about this statement which are disturbing.
Ayala refers to the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as a "death sentence," as if the involved officers had decided to skip the criminal justice system an mete out their own form of justice. This is the type of crazy thinking that belongs with nutjob groups like sovereign citizens and Black Lives Matter's extremists. Police officers' self-defense is not punishment, it's the same right that every other person has.
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot because the officers involved believed that their lives were in danger. A judgement of the reasonableness of the officers' actions will determine if it was justified, but whether you agree that the shootings were reasonable or not, it's absurd to think that the reason behind them was some sort of punishment.
Making a statement calling the shootings a "death sentence" demonstrates a lack of basic understanding criminal justice and self-defense law, which Ayala is supposedly an expert in.
Furthermore, what people need is a State Attorney who will wait for an investigation to be done before jumping to conclusions, not condemning officers immediately after an incident based on flimsy evidence. We saw how well jumping to conclusions worked out for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
What's most disturbing about Aramis Ayala's statement is that she could talk about the "horrific" content of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile videos, but she's apparently fine with the surveillance footage showing Lieutenant Clayton being executed by Markeith Loyd.
Aramis Ayala's history goes beyond just hating on law enforcement. She is also married to a convicted felon. She was forced to defend her husband's criminal history when news of it broke while she was running for office.
David Ayala served seven years in prison for drug conspiracy and counterfeiting charges before they met. In August, 2016, she said that his experiences had shaped her perspectives on the justice system. She defended him then and described how his story was like other young defendants, where he didn't know his biological father until he was 12 so it's somehow not his fault that he was a drug dealer.
Aramis Ayala's history in addition to her awful decisions since being elected make it clear that she does not represent the will of the people and should be recalled.
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