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Herschel Walker used to brag for working in law enforcement; He didn’t: report

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker has bragged about his days working in law enforcement — but it never happened, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

The former NFL star, backed by Donald Trump, reportedly talked about packing a firearm during his time with Georgia’s Cobb County Police Department, prior to his campaign — and has claimed he was an FBI agent.

According to the newspaper, neither the police department nor the FBI have any records that Walker ever worked for them.

Yet Walker claimed in a 2017 speech: “I’ve been in criminal justice my whole life,” the Journal-Constitution reported.

In 2019 he reportedly said in a speech to soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state: “I spent time in Quantico at the FBI training school. You all didn’t know I was an agent?”

In a 2013 suicide prevention program for the military, Walker said he “worked in law enforcement, So I had a gun. I put this gun in my holster and I said, ‘I’m gonna kill this dude,'” according to the newspaper. (He was apparently referring to an incident in 2001 when he tried to chase down a man who was delivering the car late. He said he later sought mental health treatment.)

According to the Journal-Constitution, Walker’s campaign biography says that he majored in criminal justice (though did not graduate) during his time at the University of Georgia and was an honorary deputy in Cobb County and three other unnamed Georgia counties.

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm that he was an “honorary” deputy. But even though he had such a voluntary title, it’s “like a Junior Ranger badge,” former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan told the Journal-Constitution. Morgan said Walker would have had no law enforcement authority.

When asked to clarify Walker’s law enforcement claims, his campaign sent an Associated Press article saying he had spent a week running target drills and obstacle courses at the FBI training school in Quantico. The newspaper said becoming an agent requires a college degree and at least 20 weeks at Quantico.

According to a police report, Walker has had law enforcement connections since 2001, when he threatened a shootout with police responding to domestic unrest at his home, the Journal-Constitution noted.

Walker has stopped mentioning his law enforcement experience since starting his campaign.

The candidate, who is running against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) for the first time, suddenly found himself embroiled in controversy as he won the Republican primary and landed in the high-profile general election.

Earlier this month, a political action committee triggered a backlash when he campaigned for Walker at a downtown Atlanta gas station while handing out $25 fuel vouchers. One volunteer claimed it was Walker’s idea, even though federal law prohibits such a relationship between a candidate and a PAC.

Paying for votes or bribing voters is a felony in Georgia. The state’s voting law even prohibits volunteers from watering voters while they are waiting in line to vote.

“Is he ready to represent Georgia?” Ad asked.

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