Supporting public safety:
Terri does not support defunding the police. Terri knows how important it is that our families are safe – that’s why Terri is committed to keeping our communities safe.
- Terri believes that to improve our systems of public safety we need to work together to support our law enforcement agencies. That means fair and equitable hiring practices and world class officer training, including de-escalation and racial bias training.
- Terri will ensure police officers have the support they need. At the core of improving public safety is looking at our complementary services. Improving community support systems, such as services for mental illness and substance abuse disorders, will reduce calls to the police.
- Terri supports the recommendations of Governor Cooper’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC). The bipartisan Task Force recommends clear policies on, among others, use of force and the duty to intervene and report.
- Terri believes that making sure communities trust the officers serving them means making sure every voice is heard. Officers, community advocates, and elected leaders should have a seat at the table when making decisions affecting policing and dismantling systemic racism.
A record of defending victims:
As a young Attorney, Terri fought for women, children and families – in many cases women who were victims of abuse. Terri stands with victims and opposes Marsy’s Law, and here is why:
- Marsy’s Law was successful in NC thanks to a $5M campaign led by a California billionaire interested in pushing a one size fits all victim’s rights amendment in all states.
- None of the things included in Marsy’s Law were actual priorities for crime victims in NC–and that is why groups like the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault raised concerns about the measure and did not support it.
- The law was an unfunded mandate. Since it passed, the increases in funding that are necessary to implement the amendment properly have not been provided–so perversely, this amendment is likely to negatively impact victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, allotting less victim’s services resources to them and further slowing down the workings of the court system.
- As an attorney, Terri understood it would be more effective to strengthen the existing victim notification process, using statutes if necessary, not a constitutional amendment.
Meat and dairy:
Terri has absolutely no agenda or interest in limiting your meat or dairy intake. That is ridiculous.