As Democrats rolled out their police reform legislation yesterday, the leaders of their party refused to condemn, denounce, or distance themselves from the “defund police” movement which is being promoted by their supporters.
- Fox News: “Top Dems punt on ‘defund the police’ question”
Just asked Pelosi and Schumer if they back the defund the police movement on the ground, and Pelosi answered, saying: “That’s a local decision” and they’ll have “those debates at the local level.” “That doesn’t mean we’re going to pile more money on to further militarize police.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 8, 2020
- The Daily Caller: “Senate Democrats Refuse To Say If They Would Consider Defunding The Police”
While Democrats refused to reject this radical movement, Republicans have been very clear about how dangerous this policy would be. At a roundtable with law enforcement officials yesterday, President Trump committed that the United States will not be defunding our police:
We will not be defunding, dismantling, or disbanding our police. pic.twitter.com/nu71nNgCFB
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 8, 2020
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “But we won’t be defunding our police. We won’t be dismantling our police. We won’t be disbanding our police. We won’t be ending our police force in a city. I guess you might have some cities who want to try it, but that would be a very sad situation if they did because people aren’t going to be protected. These people do a tremendous job of protecting the citizens of our country, and that’s what they are paid for, but whether they were paid or not, that’s what they do. And, somebody put it very beautifully before, they protect people, risk their own lives, for people they’ve never seen before, people in many cases they don’t know. You’re protecting the lives of people you don’t know. It’s an incredible thing, it’s a great honor to be with you all.”
In an interview with Fox News, Attorney General Bill Barr called the push to defund police, “dangerous,” and “wrong.”
ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: “Today the police chiefs, the rank-and-file officers understand the need for change, and there has been great change. And I think defunding the police, holding the entire police structure responsible for actions of certain officers is wrong, and I think it’s dangerous to demonize police. There’s no question it’s an issue and has to be dealt with, but in terms of sheer numbers, is it these police officers who are oppressing African-American communities? There is a lot more damage, a lot more killing, a lot more feat engendered on the streets from criminal elements. In Chicago, for example, in one weekend, 60 or 70 people shot. If you pull back the police from these communities, there will be more harm done to these communities.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the American people know that, “well-trained law enforcement officers are an important part of creating safe communities, not something to defund or abolish.”
Abolishing police would only take us farther away from the safety, justice, and equal protection of the laws that every single American deserves.
Minneapolis cannot really think that arts programs and social workers can make law enforcement obsolete.
My remarks: pic.twitter.com/pn4X751Z5x
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) June 8, 2020
LEADER MCCONNELL: “If peaceful protesters rightly do not want to be lumped in with a subset of looters and rioters who seek destruction, then the vast majority of brave police officers cannot be lumped in with the very worst examples of heinous behavior. It is that simple.
But instead, we are already seeing outlandish calls to ‘Defund the police!’ or ‘Abolish the police!’ take root within the left-wing leadership class. The President of the City Council in Minneapolis has proclaimed she can ‘imagine a future without police’; One of her fellow council members put it even more clearly: ‘This council is going to dismantle this police department.’ End quote.
“To be clear what this effort is about, one of the local groups informing this push in Minnesota has literally stated that ‘arts programs’ and ‘mental health resources’ will be more effective at stopping crime than armed cops.
“Instead of, quote, ‘strangers armed with guns,’ they say other professionals like ‘social workers’ should be the ones to, quote, ‘respond to crises in our community.’
I’m all for social work and mental health. But — call me old-fashioned — I think you may actually want a police officer to stop a criminal and arrest him before we try to work through his feelings.
”Well, even if some left-wing leaders fall for this nonsense, I have a feeling the American people are too smart for this.
“They know that what happened to George Floyd is totally abhorrent. They also know that riots and looting are unacceptable. And they also know that well-trained law enforcement officers are an important part of creating safe communities, not something to defund or abolish.
“So I’m proud that Americans across our country can protest in safety and peace. I’m proud that their neighbors continue to answer the call to protect and serve. And I’m hopeful that with unity and mutual respect, we can continue this important national discussion to ensure justice and equal protection under the law.”
Despite this, policymakers in Minneapolis continue to move forward with their promise to “dismantle,” the city’s police department.
When City Council President Lisa Bender, who has endorsed this movement, was asked by CNN what happens if the police department is dismantled and someone in the city has their home broken into, she did not have an answer:
CAMEROTA: "What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?"
BENDER: "Yes, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege." pic.twitter.com/WhubQ9yJIf
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 8, 2020
- Fox News: “Top Minneapolis pol ducks question on how ‘dismantle’ police push would affect crime victims, cites ‘privilege'”
MPD150, an organization with the mission of abolishing the city’s police department, writes that their vision of public safety will, “create space for more mental health service providers, social workers, victim/survivor advocates, religious leaders, neighbors and friends– all of the people who really make up the fabric of a community– to look out for one another.”
They claim that to fight crime and prevent murders and robberies from taking place, “we don’t need more cops; we need more jobs, more educational opportunities, more arts programs, more community centers, more mental health resources, and more of a say in how our own communities function.”
- The Wall Street Journal (Editorial): “Defund Police, Watch Crime Return”