COAL CITY, WV – U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin issued the following statement regarding Winfield, W.V. police officer Noah Garcelon’s resignation. Garcelon resigned this week following comments he made on social media about how he might fire at protestors or run them over with a car.

“I hope that as a law enforcement officer, as a member of the National Guard, and as a human being Mr. Garcelon is ashamed of his actions and can see the harm he has caused with his comments. The violence Garcelon suggested in his posts is the same violence that citizens are peacefully protesting against in their calls for justice for George Floyd and for an end to police brutality.

Our nation may be divided politically, but we must unite in solidarity with our black and brown brothers and sisters. We cannot call ourselves a free country if anyone lives in fear for their lives at the hands of a government entity. I am grateful for the peaceful protests throughout West Virginia and this country. 

When people come together, we can root out the scourge of racism. We can address systemic racism and injustices in our society. We can reform our criminal justice system, and we can stand with people of all races and backgrounds to unite around the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

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