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Scalise Discusses Ferguson, MO. and ISIS

Posted Wednesday, August 20th 2014 @ 7am

As he watches the nightly protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, Congressman Steve Scalise says he's anxious for the facts to come out.

"We ought to be focused on getting the facts out there and you know, not having all these people go down there that are just going and trying to turn this into something different than it is," Scalise told Denny Schaffer on Wednesday.

Some observers believe that use of body cameras by police agencies should be mandated. 

But Scalise says the federal government shouldn't get involved.

"Ultimately local law enforcement are in charge of their own enforcement and the federal government shouldn't be trying to get in the middle of local government law enforcement," he said.

He also indicated that the federal government is in no position to help local police fund the acquisition of cameras.

"First of all, we don't have the money.  It's not like we can be starting to ramp up and pay for local law enforcement.  We've got to live within our means and start balancing the federal budget," Scalise said.

The congressman also discussed the surge by Islamic militants and the group known as ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Some conservative pundits have suggested that now is the time to deal a "death blow" to ISIS to help deter a terrorist attack in the U.S.

Although he didn't indicate how that might be accomplished, Scalise is generally supportive of the idea.

"The cost if we ignore this, is going to be much, much greater and again, potentially fought out on American soil," he said.

"When you've got them in a situation where they are isolated and you can go and take them out strategically, that's the best place to do it to protect American homeland security."


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