The call these days is to de-fund the people because of the police abuses toward the people especially minorities.
I have written that I think the term “de-fund” is not the best term to use because it will be spun into something that does not represent the issue at all.
The once-obscure slogan has become a rallying cry for protesters calling out police brutality and racial disparities in policing.
Calls to defund the police have become a rallying cry for protesters calling out police brutality and racial disparities in policing. But there are plenty of questions about what that means.
Some activists are pushing for police funding to be redirected to Black communities for services like education, health care and housing. Others want to completely abolish local police forces.
- Evolution: This used to be more of a thought bubble among activists and academics on the left, but it’s been going more mainstream in recent years, and the Floyd case has cemented that, per the Washington Post. The city of Minneapolis, for example, is taking steps to disband its department and New York City is cutting the NYPD budget, reports Newsweek. Still, the meaning of “defund the police” is on a spectrum, a Yale sociology expert tells CNN, with some definitions more radical than others.
- A book: The movement has brought renewed attention to the 2017 book The End of Policing, by sociology professor Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College. “I’m certainly not talking about any kind of scenario where tomorrow someone just flips a switch and there are no police,” he tells NPR in an interview. “What I’m talking about is the systematic questioning of the specific roles that police currently undertake.” Most burglaries, for example, are driven by drug use, he notes. Better drug-treatment programs could help ease that.
- Critics: Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf called defunding police “absurd” on Fox News Sunday, and Attorney General William Barr denied that systemic racism exists in US police departments. Last week, Fox’s Tucker Carlson called defunding the police a crazy idea that would mean “thugs are in charge,” per Fox.
- Black Lives Matter: BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors tells WBUR that defunding is essential “because it means we are reducing the ability of law enforcement to have resources that harm our communities.” Instead of spending the money on armored vehicles, invest it in black communities, she says.
- Semantics? “It’s not a slogan I’ll use,” says Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, referring to “defund the police,” per the Washington Examiner. But he does support fundamental changes in police roles. Activist and actor George Takei isn’t thrilled with the slogan, either. “Let’s be smart,” he writes. “Let’s not call this ‘defunding’ the police. That won’t fly with the public. I say, let’s ‘demilitarize’ the cops. Take that money and fund minority communities.”
- John Oliver: He’s on board. In his latest Last Week Tonight, Oliver backs the idea and notes that it could benefit officers, too, per Deadline. “The concept is that the role of the police can then significantly shrink because they are not responding to the homeless or to mental health calls or arresting children in schools or really any other situation where the best solution is not someone showing up with a gun—that’s the idea of defunding the police.”
- Congress: Democrats (including Booker) will unveil legislation Monday calling for a wide range of police reforms. Among other things, it would make it easier to prosecute officers for abuses, reports the Wall Street Journal.
All this illustrates what I said when the slogan became popular and the media picked up on it……it has lead to confusion and misunderstanding.
The Dems are not really helping by offering their idea of a reform for the PDs……https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/08/pushed-national-uprising-democratic-lawmakers-unveil-legislation-overhaul-policing
The Justice in Policing Act would:
- Limit legal protections for police. For example, it would revise the federal criminal police misconduct statute to make it easier to prosecute officers who are involved in misconduct “knowingly or with reckless disregard.”
- The package would also change “qualified immunity” protections for police “to enable individuals to recover damages when law enforcement officers violate their constitutional rights.”
- Create a national database of excessive-force incidents.
- Ban police chokeholds.
- Ban racial profiling and boost requirements for police body cameras.
- Grant subpoena power to the Justice Department to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations of potential misconduct and help states conduct independent investigations.
- The measure stops short of calls by activists to “defund the police,” a push to dismantle or reduce financial resources to police departments that has struck new intensity in the weeks of protests since Floyd’s death
As I said….this just adds to the confusion and probably has NO chance in Congress….but it does look good for any upcoming elections.
Let’s say for a moment that this issue is successful…how do we reinvent our police departments?
This is a great start, and at the very least cities should require 100% of their police to be residents of their communities and emphasize public safety.
But there are other vital steps communities should consider.
All across America, we need police oversight boards that are independent of police departments, complete with subpoena and indictment powers, and that can impartially rule on police actions and matters.
We also need the leadership of police departments, the top authority, what we now call the Chief of Police, to be an elected civilian who’s main responsibility is to protect the community, not the cops.
I believe that police departments all over the nation have needed a reinvention to make them the servant of the public…kinda like the oath they take when they are employed but soon forgotten once they hit the streets and old biases take over.
Plus ‘police unions’ which are nothing more than cover to commit horrible crimes against the people they are sworn to protect…..call them what they are…….associations for the police.
We are now facing the day when we can make a difference in our society….will we step up or will we do what Americans do most of the time….push it aside for another day?
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