- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Democratic candidate for Kansas attorney general is facing calls to drop out of the race over a poster that hung in her office for years that depicted Wonder Woman choking a police officer.

Sarah Swain, a Lawrence lawyer and the only Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Derek Schmidt, apologized after she was slammed by law enforcement groups as advocating violence against cops.

The poster depicted Ms. Swain as a superhero, using a rope to strangle a police officer on the ground. The Kansas City Star noted that the comics typically showed Wonder Woman lassoing villains around their torsos, not their necks.

Mr. Swain explained that the poster, which she said hung in her law office for several years, represented “a metaphor for the rigors of cross-examination.”

“It shows a female superhero wielding a lasso of truth and using the lasso to force the truth from the mouth of a police officer, a metaphor for the rigors of cross-examination, which forms the cornerstone of a zealous defense,” she said in a statement to KSHB-TV. “I understand that this picture has been misconstrued by many as advocating for violence against the police and for that I apologize. I am not anti-law enforcement; I am pro-truth. And I do not condone violence in any form.”

“As a criminal defense attorney for nearly 17 years,” she said, “I have seen firsthand the injustice that can be doled out at the hands of less-than-honest police officers. I have been involved in many cases where the truth was ignored and people’s lives were destroyed. These are just some of the experiences that eventually led me to run for attorney general.”

The Kansas Democratic Party denounced Ms. Swain’s candidacy, saying the poster proves she is unfit to serve.

“Promotion of violence against law enforcement officers disqualifies Ms. Swain from serving as Kansas’ chief law enforcement officer,” said party spokesman Ethan Corson. “We strongly condemn and reject any depiction of violence against law enforcement, including the image from Ms. Swain’s law firm. We did not recruit or encourage Ms. Swain to run for Attorney General, nor have we had any contact with her since she filed. The Party has reached out to her seeking an explanation of her past posts, but she has not responded.”

Mr. Corson was referring to since-deleted posts on Ms. Swain’s Facebook account that read, “I was going to be a cop, but I decided to finish high school instead,” and, “What’s the difference between a cop and a prostitute? A prostitute only screws one person at a time!”, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The backlash against Ms. Swain comes just days after the deadly shooting of two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies.

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