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‘Reimagine policing’? Mark Levin unpacks Obama’s MARXIST messaging on law enforcement

Amid the cauldron of misunderstanding and finger pointing caused by the tragic death of Daunte Wright, few things are more important than putting forth a message of understanding and reconciliation. That is, unless you are Barack Obama.

Ever the politician, Obama has now released an incendiary message before all the facts of the case are known.

“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country,” Obama’s statement said.

“Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss. We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue,” the statement continued.

On the latest episode of “LevinTV,” Mark Levin exposed the former president’s use of Marxist catchphrases like “reimagine policing” and attempt to tie this tragedy to George Floyd’s death in order to advance a racial-injustice agenda at the expense of the rule of law.

“These politicians think they need to be out front, that they need to comment before they know anything, because they are playing to the mob,” Levin stated. “In my research of Marxism and Critical Race Theory, the word ‘reimagine’ shows up everywhere. That word has meaning. Reimagine means destroy.”

“I have a different idea,” he continued. “Why don’t we reimagine the criminals? Why don’t we reimagine people going to prison for committing crimes? Why don’t we reimagine doing away with so-called bail reform that lets people out the back door? Why don’t we leave the cops alone? If you have a bad cop, you focus on that cop. You’re destroying law enforcement.”

Levin went on to tear apart the narrative of white privilege, police blaming, and systemic racism to tell the story nobody on the Left wants to hear: the alleged violent criminal history of Daunte Wright.

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In Seattle, 34 more officers ditch the force as city slashes police budget for a second time

An additional 34 police officers have exited the Seattle Police Department since October as the city council voted to slash the police budget for a second time.

According to Jason Rantz of KTTH-TV, the latest exodus brings the total number of separations since the start of this year to a historic high of 144, with “scores of other [officers] still applying elsewhere.” Rantz said rumors are swirling internally that separations could hit 200 by the year’s end.

The news comes as the Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget on Monday, in a move that shrank police department funding by 18%, KING-TV reported. The budget cuts are expected to affect overtime pay and training while leaving dozens of vacant jobs unfilled and moving 911 dispatchers and parking enforcement out of the department’s jurisdiction.

“I am sad and yet, I’m not surprised that many of the great human beings that do the job of policing in Seattle are still leaving SPD at an alarming rate,” Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Mike Solan told KTTH-TV. “It saddens me because I’m witnessing a professional police agency revered by many fall victim to radical activism that is swallowing Seattle.”

Under the new budget, millions of dollars that previously funded the police department will now go to community programs. Activists applauded the new budget, though it fell far short of their goal of cutting police funding by 50%.

“These are all really exciting things that have been won after many, many years of mobilizing and partnering together,” said Nikkita Oliver, a prominent local activist. “They’ve been won because of the uprising and defense of black lives, and the many people who put their feet to the ground, who have made calls, sent emails, and organized their communities.”

Councilwoman Lisa Herbold, who originally campaigned on hiring more officers, said, “Our work to shift the public safety response away from police, is a beginning to address our nation’s shame in that history of policing.”

In response, Solan called the city council “naïve” and argued the budget cuts would ultimately make the city even less safe.

“You’re going to see crime rise, we’re already seeing increased homicide rates that we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

The Seattle Police Department is now dangerously understaffed. The number of deployable officers now sits at approximately 1,200, which is lower than it was in the 1990s despite the population increasing by 44% since then. According to KTTH-TV, the mayor’s office said in the coming months that number could drop even further, to 1,072.

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Seattle mayor who praised CHOP, supported police cuts, is now ‘deeply concerned’ as more than 100 officers have left the force

Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan — who once called the police-free autonomous zone in her city a “block party” amid a “summer of love” — is now “deeply concerned” over the mass exodus taking place within the city’s police department.

What’s the situation?

KING-TV reported early Friday morning that a record number of officers had left the department in September, according to a new Seattle Budget Office report. The report noted that 39 officers and officers-in-training “separated” from the department while an additional 14 officers extended their leaves.

The exodus is part of a continuing trend that has resulted in at least 118 officers leaving the force this year, KTTH-TV reporter Jason Rant said. He added that “even this number is misleading” because “many officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement.”

The total number of officers in the department now sits at just over 1,200, which the report noted is on par with police staffing levels in the early 1990s, even though the city’s population has grown 44% since then.

As a result, 911 call response times have been increasing and police investigative services have been crippled.

What’s she saying?

In a statement, Durkan called the levels of attrition “unprecedented,” yet doubled down on the re-imagination of community safety and calls for “community-based alternatives” to policing.

“We will continue to improve policing and reimagine community safety in Seattle by shifting some responses to community-based alternatives and civilian programs like Health One or Community Service Officers,” Durkan said. “But the City also needs a sufficient number of officers who can respond to the most urgent 911 calls in all parts of our city at any time of the day. We are losing an unprecedented number of officers, which makes it even more critical that we recruit and retain officers committed to reform and community policing that reflect the diversity and values of our city.”

A spokesperson for the mayor, Kelsey Nyland, added, “If we don’t act now, we’ll soon see undeniable impacts to 911 response times and investigative services. It could also impact the department’s ability to sustain the gains and meet the requirements of the federal consent decree.

“The Mayor is deeply concerned by the fact that some of our youngest officers — those who joined the department knowing it was under a federal consent decree — are leaving at an extremely high rate,” she continued. “These are the exact officers we want to keep as we transform the department. They’re the ones who entered the department with an emphasis on de-escalation training and community-based, constitutional policing.”

Anything else?

The exodus follows the City Council’s decision in September to override a mayoral veto and slash the city’s police budget, leading to the cutting of as many as 100 officer positions and the elimination of the Navigation Team, which cleared homeless encampments.

Durkan, who is in favor diverting police funds to social programs, only vetoed the measure because it lacked “the type of collaboration” she desired.

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Los Angeles City Council unanimously votes to create ‘unarmed response’ teams to answer ‘nonviolent’ 911 calls instead of cops

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to establish unarmed crisis response teams that would answer nonviolent 911 calls instead of police, KTTV-TV reported.

What are the details?

“Today marks a seminal moment in our City’s history in our efforts to reimagine public safety,” Council President Nury Martinez said in a press release, according to the station. “Through this unarmed response pilot for non-violent calls, we will help Angelenos get the mental health and other support services they need from trained professionals. We will also free up police officers to do the work they are trained to do. Ultimately, this will also allow us to provide our Black and Brown communities with the resources they deserve.”

The vote comes in response to the “defund the police” movement sparked by George Floyd’s death in May.

“Calling the police on George Floyd about an alleged counterfeit $20 bill ended his life,” longtime Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. said, according to KTTV. “If George Floyd had been met with unarmed, trained specialists for the nonviolent crime he was accused of, he would be turning 47 years old today. This plan will save lives, and I’m so proud of my colleagues on the Council for voting to move this forward.”

What kinds of calls would the response team answer?

The station, citing the press release, said the kinds of calls the unarmed response team would answer include mental health, substance abuse, suicide threats, behavioral distress, conflict resolution, and welfare checks.

Anything else?

Sgt. Jeretta Sandoz of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told KTTV that she’s skeptical of the idea, since it’s based on a program in Eugene, Oregon — and Eugene is not Los Angeles.

Sandoz told the station that the Eugene program “serves a population of under 250,000, and that includes 83 percent white and almost all English-speaking.”

KTTV also said it isn’t clear how much the unarmed response teams program would cost or who would be in charge.

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New Colin Kaepernick project calls for utopian future without police or prisons

Former professional NFL quarterback turned social justice activist Colin Kaepernick has launched a new project aimed at building a utopian police-less and prison-less future.

What are the details?

In “Abolition for the People,” Kaepernick teamed up with Medium publication, LEVEL, to publish “30 stories from organizers, political prisoners, scholars, and advocates” over the next month with the goal of furthering the pursuit of “abolition” for minority individuals.

Reforms such as “use-of-force policies, body cameras, more training, and police accountability” simply won’t cut it, Kaepernick argues in an essay introducing the project. In fact, he says, reforming the white supremacist institutions of police and prisons ultimately only serves to commend them.

Instead, project creators say: “The only answer is abolition, a full dismantling of the carceral state and the institutions that support it.”

After all, Kaepernick writes, “The central intent of policing is to surveil, terrorize, capture, and kill marginalized populations, specifically Black folks.”

As for prisons, they only exist to “isolate, regulate, and surveil” black and brown people.

“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings,” he says, borrowing from writer Angela Davis.

Sure enough, only once society rids itself of these terroristic morally corrupt systems, will it be “safer, healthier, and truly free.”

What else?

It should be noted that found nowhere in the essays so far is any explanation of how exactly a little utopia-destroying thing called crime will be monitored and controlled. Kaepernick and his fellow writers seem to believe that crime and criminals will simply vanish when police and prison systems are dismantled.

All Kaepernick musters on the topic is this:

To be clear, the abolition of these institutions is not the absence of accountability but rather the establishment of transformative and restorative processes that are not rooted in punitive practices. By abolishing policing and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist establishments, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness and houselessness, access to education, and job creation as well as community-based methods of accountability.

Again and again in the essays, “crimes” are reinterpreted as mistakes and “criminals” as unfortunate souls who only want to be loved. People are inherently good and never do bad things, right?

“If our children mess up, and sometimes even if they don’t, they go to prison,” writes one essayist. “If their children mess up in ways our children can’t even imagine, they become presidents of companies, politicians, and president of the United States.”

Kaepernick adds that “prisons do not contain a ‘criminal population’ running rampant but rather a population that society has repeatedly failed.” Translation: Criminals have not failed society, but society has failed “criminals.”

The people within society who mess up shouldn’t be punished, Kaepernick argues, they should be helped to do better.

No word yet on what justice the activists would seek for the racist police officers who have killed in the line of duty. Perhaps all they deserve is a mental health evaluation and counseling.

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Pence: ‘We’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever.’

Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Donald Trump’s call for law and order in his speech to the Republican National Committee on Wednesday night, promising the American people, “We’re not going to defund the police — not now, now ever.”

What are the details?

Speaking from Fort Henry in Baltimore, Maryland, the vice president painted a stark comparison between the Trump administration and what a Biden administration might look like.

“When you consider their agenda, it’s clear: Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left,” Pence said, according to RealClearPolitics. “The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot, but the truth is…our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country.”

Protests over racial injustices often descending into violence, looting, rioting and arson have gripped the country for months since the death of George Floyd in May, and further chaos has overtaken the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, since another black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by police there over the weekend.

“Last week, Joe Biden didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country,” Pence noted, referring to Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

But Pence addressed the issue head-on. “Let me be clear,” he said, as dictated by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha, Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.”

Hitting out at the Democratic challenger to Trump once again, Pence added, “The hard truth is, you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Under President Trump, we will stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever.”

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Mayor Jenny Durkan vetos measure by Seattle City Council to defund the police and cut up to 100 police officers

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she would veto budget changes passed by the Seattle City Council to defund the police. The proposals could have cut up to 100 officer positions.

The proposals follow upon demands from Black Lives Matter protesters to “defund the police” and reroute the funds to social services, the lack of which is said to be the root cause of crime and violence.

Durkan indicated that she was open to something similar to what the council had passed, but that they had not collaborated enough with her office before passing he measure.

“This veto was because the bills as passed did not have the type of collaboration that I think we will have going forward, and that I’m hopeful we will have going forward,” she explained on Friday.

The proposal would have only cut $4 million from the department’s $400 million budget. Seattle has about 1,400 police officers.

Sawant dissents

Kshama Sawant, one of the most far left progressive members of the city council, voted against the measure, but only because they didn’t go far enough to defund the police.

“Seattle Mayor Durkan remains hostile to defunding police. Democratic Councilmembers completely failed to keep their public promises of 50% defunding in the Summer budget vote, furthermore, approved an austerity budget after having promised anti-austerity,” Sawant tweeted on Thursday.

Criminal justice alternatives

Durkan however, appeared to approve of seeking community-based alternatives to traditional policing methods as a response to crime in the city.

“We must stop gun violence,” Durkan emphasized.

“We know that enforcement and policing is only one part of the work that needs to be done to do so,” she added. “We also have to work with trusted community partners, who can work both to de-escalate situations, and provide alternatives to the criminal justice system.”

Durkan also noted that there’s been a 50% increase in shootings since June 1st in the beleaguered city.

The Democratic mayor made headlines in June when she angrily denounced Black Lives Matter protesting at her home and vandalizing it after she had previously shown support for the movement.

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Houston police chief tells frustrated or laid off officers from defunded departments: ‘Come to Houston’

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has a message for disgruntled or laid off officers from around the country amid the growing nationwide trend to defund the police: “Come to Houston.”

What are the details?

The police chief told local news outlet KRIV-TV this week that his department is working on a new program to streamline the process for out-of-state officers to come and serve in Houston.

The new program reportedly could consist of a 10-week academy course, instead of the typical course that lasts six months.

“The people of Houston, they don’t want less policing, they want better policing and well-trained police officers,” Acevedo said as his department welcomed 44 new officers this week and look forward to the addition of 400 officers over the next several months.

“We’re excited about the restoration of five classes, while places like Austin [Texas] are cutting a significant amount of police resources,” he continued.

Acevedo was making reference to the Austin City Council’s unanimous vote last week to cut $150 million from the city’s police budget and reinvest the money into various other community programs.

“I think it’s ridiculous when you make decisions that are knee-jerk political decisions that are not based on evidence, not based on research,” Acevedo added. “It ends up impacting the safety of American people in Austin.”

Acevedo hopes that Houston’s friendly stance toward police officers will lure the best and brightest to his department.

“I will just say to police officers in Austin and the good police officers across the country — come to Houston,” Acevedo said.

Anything else?

His announcement comes as reports surface in several cities around the country of officers leaving the force or retiring early amid budget cuts and a lack of support from community leaders.

TheBlaze reported Tuesday that officers in San Francisco are leaving the force at a record pace with many of them seeking jobs at different departments in the state and around the country.

Officers in Chicago are reportedly retiring at double the average rate, with 59 retiring in August and 51 more planning to retire in September. The mass exit is likely a result of continued violence in the city coupled with a lack of support for police from the city’s leaders, such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

“Who wants to stay in this environment? If you have the ability to leave, there is no incentive to stay anymore,” Fraternal Order of Police Union President John Catanzara said. “The mayor doesn’t back us. If you have the financial ability to do so, I don’t blame a single soul for leaving.”

According to a recent report from the Denver Post, more than 200 officers have either resigned or retired in Colorado since Democratic Gov. Jared Polis enacted sweeping police reforms in mid-June.

Chief Acevedo should keep his phone handy, he may be getting calls soon.

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San Francisco cops leaving in record numbers, pursuing jobs at other departments

San Francisco police officers are leaving the department in record numbers with many pursuing jobs at departments elsewhere in the state or around the country, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

The mass exodus, which amounts to 54 officers so far this year — with 23 leaving for other jobs and 31 retiring — comes as the city just approved a measure to defund the police and is debating other areas of reform as a result of Black Lives Matter protests.

In late July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced $120 million in police funding would be redirected to address disparities in the black community over the next two years. That was just the latest in a string of abuses that police have suffered in the last decade.

Many officers are also reportedly frustrated working under California’s Proposition 47, a measure that reduced many nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors and has resulted in little or no jail time for such crimes as hard drug possession and theft.

Now officers are effectively protesting the changes by packing their things and moving on.

According to the Chronicle, the number of officers leaving the department is trending at a record pace. If they continue as they are, the department is “on track to lose nearly twice as many cops this year as it did last year and close to four times as many as in 2018.”

Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, warned, “This is just the beginning. Dozens are actively in the hiring process with other agencies.”

“The members are upset that the social experiment being conducted in San Francisco is failing, and they would rather work someplace that values them,” he added. “Members have gone to places like the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Hill, Beverly Hills, Petaluma, Palm Springs, Placerville, Long Beach, Idaho, Texas, Arizona,”

One officer who transferred to Texas, said that in addition to better pay and fewer taxes, “it’s also nice working at a place where everyone isn’t mad at you.”

“In San Francisco, everyone was mad,” he said. “The homeowners would get mad because you didn’t move the homeless who were sleeping in front of their house. Then, when you tried to help the homeless, someone would start yelling about police brutality … and everyone had a cellphone camera on you.”

Another officer said that with the upcoming budget cuts, pay freezes, and the potential for more reform, San Francisco “just doesn’t feel like a place to be for the long haul.”

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National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump after endorsing Obama and Biden in 2008 and 2012

In an open letter thanking the president for his “steadfast and very public support,” the National Association of Police Organizations endorsed President Trump’s re-election campaign Wednesday.

The coalition, which consists of over 1,000 police associations and 240,000 police officers across the county, had endorsed former President Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden in 2008 and 2012. The group did not endorse any candidate during the 2016 election.

NAPO President Michael McHale said that Trump’s support has been particularly helpful “during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”

“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale said in the letter.

He also cited several other actions by the Trump administration, including the “signing into law the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act; [the president’s] advocacy and signing into law the legislation which permanently authorizes funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families” as well as the administration’s “revitalization of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to help reduce violent crime.”

According to Fox News, the coalition met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Monday for a roundtable discussion with people whose lives have been positively impacted by the police.

“Our officers have been under vicious assault. Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy,” Trump said during the roundtable. “These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police.”

“My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime,” he added.

Police have come under intense scrutiny in recent months after George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Many protesters have called for state and local municipalities to “defund the police” in order to right the perceived wrongs.

Trump’s Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, who received NAPO’s endorsement in 2008 and 2012, has resisted calls for defunding the police, but has suggested that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected away from police departments.

According to a statement on its website, NAPO exists for “the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.”

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LA teachers union demands police be defunded and charters ended before schools reopen

With classes set to begin in August, the main teachers union in Los Angeles argued that schools cannot physically reopen unless certain policy demands are met, including the defunding of police, the end of charter schools, and the granting of financial support to undocumented students and their families.

The list of demands came in the form of a research paper issued recently by the 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles union, the Washington Examiner reported.

In the paper, the union wrote: “The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States underscores the deep equity and justice challenges arising from our profoundly racist, intensely unequal society. Unlike other countries that recognize protecting lives is the key to protecting livelihoods, the United States has chosen to prioritize profits over people. The Trump administration’s attempt to force people to return to work on a large scale depends on restarting physical schools so parents have childcare.

“In Los Angeles, this means increasing risk especially in Black and Brown working communities, where people are more likely to have ‘essential’ jobs, insufficient health care, higher levels of preexisting health conditions, and to live in crowded housing,” the paper continued, alleging that students who face hurdles such as “structural racism” and “immigration documentation issues” have been disproportionately affected.

Essentially, the union is arguing that reopening schools without a vaccine will further spread the virus and compound trauma on certain groups of students, the California Globe reported. On its face, it looks like the union is using the pandemic to push its political agenda.

In the paper, the union concludes that “normal wasn’t working for us before … we can’t go back.”

Here are the specifics: Under the subsection “Local Support,” the union argued for defunding the police and a “moratorium” on charter schools.

“Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the paper said. “We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

As for charter schools, they should be temporarily suspended, the union said. The paper argued that “privately operated, publicly funded charter schools drain resources from district schools.” They also accused such schools of “double-dipping” during the pandemic by “taking federal small business bailout loans even though state funding did not decline this school year.”

The paper also highlighted the state’s more than 2 million undocumented residents who they claim are unfairly ineligible for federal and state benefits and subject to “ICE raids and mass deportations.” Those undocumented students and their families “must be supported during this crisis,” the union argued.

President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have called for all schools to fully reopen this fall and threatened to cut federal funding for schools that refuse.

Last week, an overwhelming majority of UTLA members voted against physically reopening Los Angeles schools on Aug. 18.

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New poll shows very few Americans want to defund police

A new poll found that many more Americans want funding for police to increase or stay the same than those that want police to be defunded.

Black Lives Matter protesters and activists have made the defunding of police forces a central platform of their political demands.

A Pew poll released on Thursday shows that few Americans support the policy.

A plurality of Americans, 42%, said that they want the funding for police to stay the same. Another 31% of Americans said they want funding for police to increase.

Both of those groups are larger than the group that called for the defunding of police only 25% of those polled.

Of those who want the police defunded, 12% said they wanted police funding to decrease by a “a lot,” while 14% said they wanted police funding to decrease “a little.”

President Donald Trump has come out forcefully against the defunding of police, but when presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked if he supported the policy, he also said no.

A small increase in support for BLM

Other results from the poll show an increase in support for some parts of the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was a small drop in Americans who said the police do an “excellent or good job of protecting people from crime,” from 62% four years ago to 58% in the newest poll.

A greater drop was found among Americans who agreed that police are doing a good or excellent job of “treating racial and ethnic groups equally,” from 47% down to 34%.

Two thirds of those polled also said that civilians should have the power to sue police officers “to hold them accountable for misconduct and excessive use of force.”

Here’s more about polling on the police protests:


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‘Defunding police means defunding police’: AOC says plan to cut $1B from NYPD does not go far enough

Far-left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) proposal to cut nearly $1 billion from the New York City Police Department on Tuesday, calling the plan a “disingenuous illusion” and insisting that “defunding the police means defunding the police.”

What are the details?

CBS News reported that de Blasio announced a plan on Monday for cutting $1 billion from the NYPD, amid a citywide budget crunch and after weeks of progressive activists calling for “defunding police” across the nation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The next day, the Gotham Gazette reported that the mayor and city council reached an agreement on the cuts to the department, “though nearly half will be through shifting school safety from the police to the Department of Education” by “shifting school safety and school crossing guards out of the NYPD’s purview.”

In response, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez issued a statement, saying:

Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so that the exact same police remain in schools. It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. It does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800M from NYC schools. If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to NYPD’s budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.

What else?

Fox News noted that “establishment Democrats and progressives have debated over what ‘defund the police’ actually means,” as “some argue the phrase shouldn’t be taken literally and just stands to represent police reforms.”

The city of Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed in police custody, has already voted to disband its police department and replace it with a “community safety” model to be determined over the next year.

According to The Hill, “mayors in San Francisco and Los Angeles have pledged to cut police budgets, while city councils in places such as Washington, D.C., have passed a slate of reform measures to enhance law enforcement oversight.”

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Georgia gets one step closer to abolishing county police departments with passage of House bill

An effort in Georgia to disband county police departments advanced Friday with the passage of a Georgia House bill that would allow voters to decide whether to keep those departments, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

House Bill 866 passed easily with a 152-3 vote Friday and will now advance to the state Senate for further consideration.

The bill aims “to provide a method for the abolition of a county police department and returning the law enforcement functions of such department to the sheriff of the county.”

Glynn, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties in the Atlanta metro area have county police departments. In counties were there are two law enforcement agencies in Georgia, the sheriff’s office manages the jail while the county police department enforces state and local laws.

The primary motivation behind this version of the bill, which has failed in the past, is the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February and the handling of that situation by the Glynn County Police Department. A similar Senate bill, authored in response to alleged issues with Glynn County PD, failed in January.

Arbery was killed on February 23. He was suspected by residents in Brunswick, Georgia, of trespassing and potentially burglarizing a vacant home that was still under construction. Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and their friend William Bryan pursued Arbery in vehicles.

Bryan recorded some of the pursuit on his phone while also attempting to cut Arbery off. When the McMichaels succeeded in blocking Arbery, Travis got out of his truck with a shotgun and shot Arbery during the ensuing altercation.

No arrests were made in the killing until video of the incident became public in May, even though the Glynn County Police Department had the cell phone video of the killing on the day it happened.

The video was released on May 5, and the McMichaels were arrested on May 7 and charged with murder and aggravated assault. Bryan was arrested and charged with felony murder on May 21. Gregory McMichael is a former Glynn County Police Department officer.

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Autonomous zone goes up in Portland right outside left-wing mayor’s apartment — but it apparently doesn’t last long

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, said they established an autonomous zone outside what they believe is Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment, KATU-TV reported.

But once police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly early Thursday morning, protesters cleared out of the area, KOIN-TV said.

What are the details?

The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front posted on Instagram saying the area is called the Patrick Kimmons Autonomous Zone, the station noted, adding that
Kimmons — a black man — was fatally shot by Portland police officers in October 2018.

The group used dumpsters, pallets, and boards to block the zone and prevent anyone from driving into it, KATU reported, adding that the location is on Northwest Glisan Street between Northwest 9th Avenue and Northwest 10th Avenue.

Here’s how it played overnight, as reported by KOIN-TV’s Hannah Ray Lambert. (Content warning: Language):

Demonstrators said Wednesday night that they want $50 million cut from the Portland Police Bureau’s budget, KATU reported, adding that Portland City Council approved a new budget Wednesday that cuts about $16 million from the bureau.

Almost two weeks ago protesters in Seattle established an autonomous zone surrounding a police precinct which officers abandoned. That zone is still going strong but has been marked by reports of violence and intimidation and other forms of lawlessness.

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LISTEN: Glenn Beck shares POWERFUL letter from anonymous police officer detailing what it’s like to be a cop

In a show of compliance to the mob, American society has begun ridding itself of anything associated with our brave men and women in blue: Lego stopped marketing police officer toy sets, the TV shows “Cops” and “Live PD” were pulled from their networks, and there’s a growing push to defund — or even abolish — police departments around the nation.

But one police officer has had enough. His anonymous letter details the horrors one police officer and his colleagues face on a daily basis, and explains why they feel so abandoned, not only political leaders, but also by the very communities they serve.

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Albuquerque Democratic mayor announces plan to shift police resources to unarmed social workers

At a news conference Tuesday, Democratic Mayor Tim Keller announced the creation of the Albuquerque Community Safety Department, a new civilian public safety branch that will send unarmed professionals to certain nonviolent 911 calls.

The move will reallocate millions of dollars away from the Albuquerque Police Department and will essentially give city residents a third response option besides police and fire when they call 911 dispatch seeking help.

According to city officials, the department will “include trained professionals such as social workers, housing and homelessness specialists, violence prevention, and diversion program experts” who would respond to calls involving mental health, addiction, and homelessness.

“We’ve placed more and more issues on the plates of officers who are not trained — despite their best efforts and despite some training — they’re not totally trained to be a social worker, or to be an addiction counselor, or to deal with things around child abuse when they’re just answering a call,” Keller said at the conference, according to KOB-TV.

“It’s time we stop asking officers to do everything, and time we get people the help they need instead of sending armed officers to knock on their door,” the mayor said in a news release. “We want to send the right resource to the right call — especially where a social worker or trained professional can connect people with the services they need, instead of simply taking folks to jail or the hospital, which have been the only choices until now.”

Alluding to the violence at recent protests, Keller argued that an armed police presence is not always the best way to de-escalate a situation.

Shots were fired resulting in one man being hospitalized during a protest on Monday as activists toppled the statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador.

Keller called the shooting an “unacceptable act of violence” and blamed groups “armed with weapons” and “attempting to prop up white supremacy” for instigating the violence, though the matter is still under investigation.

“We want to reiterate that weapons have no place in public actions and protests,” he added.

The announcement of the Albuquerque Community Safety Department also comes amid a growing nationwide movement to defund police departments in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. But Keller was insistent that completely dismantling police in Albuquerque is not his goal.

The mayor recently confirmed to KOB-TV that he is sticking to his plan to add 400 police officers over the next four years.

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Los Angeles Democrat wants to pull funding from LAPD — even though she’s had a private LAPD detail at her home

Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez filed a motion last week to cut $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget, even though she’s taken advantage of a private LAPD detail at her home for the past few months, Spectrum News 1 reported.

Los Angeles is among the cities across the country considering reducing funding to police departments or disbanding them altogether. The LAPD budget is $3.1 billion, according to the report.

“We need a vision for our city that says ‘there is going to be justice,'” the motion stated. “American society is founded on a racial hierarchy, one that is born out of slavery, followed by Jim Crow segregation and corporate abuse of labor. As such, police departments are asked to enforce a system of laws that are designed to reinforce and maintain economic and racial inequality.”

Yet, due to reported death threats against Martinez and her daughter, a 24/7 LAPD protection unit has watched over Martinez’s home, sometimes with two officers at a time.

Detective Jamie McBride, the head of the LAPD’s union, was outraged by Martinez’s motion, considering how much taxpayer money has gone toward protecting her with LAPD officers.

“It’s kind of ironic. Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department. … It’s disgusting. For two officers in front of a residence since April, you’re probably over $100,000 of the people’s money,” McBride said, according to Spectrum News 1.

Rick Coca, a spokesperson for Martinez, said the detail has now been canceled because the security has been compromised. The cancellation has led to questions about whether there really was a credible threat to Martinez and her family.

“Obviously there wasn’t a threat there because the units from what I understand have disappeared,” McBride told Spectrum News 1.

The LAPD would not disclose to the outlet whether other city officials had LAPD security details.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Journalist who was gang-raped trashes Minneapolis City Council president’s ‘privilege’ remarks

Journalist Lara Logan — who was sexually assaulted by a mob in Egypt in 2011 — slammed Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender for suggesting that concerns over criminals breaking into people’s homes come “from a place of privilege.”

Bender made the comments during an appearance on CNN Monday where she discussed the council’s pledge to “dismantle” the city’s police department and replace it with a “transformative new model of public safety” in response to George Floyd’s death late last month.

“I remember when I was being gang-raped & beaten by a mob in Egypt, would have been great to have a police force to call then,” Logan tweeted in response to Bender. “Would that have been my white privilege talking?”

“My heart breaks for every victim of racial injustice,” Logan added to the tweet thread. “And for every person, including police, killed by the mob of anarchists & their powerful political backers. How long before they come for me? No idea. But there is only one truth. That’s all we have.”

Logan was working as a CBS News correspondent in 2011 when the sexual assault occurred. She was covering the street celebrations in Tahrir Square after President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to step down when she was surrounded by a dangerous element of the crowd and separated from her team. She was then raped and beaten before being rescued by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers.

While many have criticized the growing movement to defund police in America, of which Bender is a figurehead, given her tragic past experiences, Logan’s outrage at the notion of a “police-free world” is especially powerful.

Yet despite opposition from many, including Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the council appears resolute in its mission to disband the city’s police.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Sen. Tim Scott, Trey Gowdy rip idea of defunding the police: ‘Single dumbest idea I have ever heard’

Good friends and former colleagues Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) roundly condemned the push to defund police in America in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death late last month.

Many on the left have begun calling for defunding the police in communities across America as a response to allegations of systemic racism within police departments. In Minneapolis, where Floyd was was killed, the city council recently signed a pledge to officially dismantle the city’s police department.

What did they say?

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday morning, Scott called defunding police a “ridiculous” idea whose “time has not come” and “should never come.”

“The absolute nation requires law and order,” he added. “We need order in our streets, and the easiest way to have that is to have a strong presence of character-driven law enforcement officers.”

Gowdy went even further, saying, “Defunding the police is the single dumbest idea I have ever heard.”

“Who is going to process crime scenes, arrest bad people?” continued the former South Carolina representative. “Who’s going to enforce any law, child sex abuse, homicide? Who’s going to do it if it’s not the police?”


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The two were careful to stress, however, that reform is definitely needed.

Scott, who has been stopped by police seven times since becoming a senator, specifically pushed back on an op-ed by Heather Mac Donald in the Wall Street Journal that suggests that systemic police racism is a myth. The senator said while he has no doubt the average police officer is not racist, he argues that the data Mac Donald used to build her argument is incomplete.

“When you look at the actual facts, black folks are two and a half times more likely to be shot by an officer than whites,” Scott said, noting that less than 45% of law enforcement agencies report their data to the FBI. “There’s a lot missing in the article.”

Gowdy added that the issues of law enforcement in communities of color are “much broader than who shoots whom … it’s arrest rates, it’s sentencing disparities, it’s access to bond, it’s access to diversion programs.”

In an effort to compile more accurate data, Scott has proposed legislation called the George Floyd and Walter Scott Notification Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to provide detailed reports on use of force incidents that result in death.

In a tweet following the interview, Scott wrote: “Defunding the police would cause harm to our most vulnerable, but clearly, REFORM IS NEEDED! My upcoming George Floyd and Walter Scott Notification Act requires officers to report on shootings & use of force incidents.”

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Woman cop of color blasts Los Angeles councilwoman to her face — and Black Lives Matter, too

Amid a growing “defund the police” movement as protests continue nationwide in reaction to George Floyd’s death, there are also proposed budget cuts looming for Los Angeles police — but cops there aren’t having it.

‘You bowed down to Black Lives Matter’

Sgt. Jeretta Sanchez — vice president of the L.A. police union — stood in front of City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and told her so, right to her face. And Sanchez didn’t hold back her disdain for Black Lives Matter, either — nor for the councilwoman and city officials she said “bowed down” to the organization.

“You bowed down to Black Lives Matter. These police officers that are out here protecting this city … protecting it from being on fire. If it wasn’t for them, this city would be burned down right now. I promise you this union will go to our grave fighting,” Sanchez told Rodriguez Friday,
KCBS-TV reported, as uniformed officers stood around their colleague and applauded. “We’re not letting this happen to these officers. It’s not right.”

She wasn’t done.

Sanchez also blasted Rodriguez over the idea of giving “$250 million to Black Lives Matter” after officials had placed civilian employees “on furlough because you didn’t have money” and “now you’re finding the money to give?”

She also pointed out that Black Lives Matter and the group’s followers threw rocks and bottles at LAPD officers amid rioting, “cracking their skulls,” yet city officials are still listening to BLM members — “a hundred of them” — instead of the far greater number of “law-abiding citizens” who only want “these officers to protect them.”

“And this is what they do every day,” Sanchez concluded, referring to her fellow officers. “And now you’re cutting from their families, when they put everything on the line? We’re gonna fight.”

As Sanchez walked away, another officer was heard saying, “We’ll take care of it at the ballot box.”

What’s the background?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week the city would make $250 million in cuts, spread across all departments, and give that money to black communities and other communities of color, KCBS reported, adding that $150 million would come out of the police department’s budget.

The police union held a Zoom news conference over Garcetti’s proposed cuts from the department’s $1.8 billion budget, and Jamie McBride — director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League — said the mayor “panicked and blamed the men and women of the LAPD for his failed leadership,” the station reported.

The union also wasn’t happy with Garcetti’s “killers” comment Thursday to a group of black community leaders at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, KCBS said.

‘The killers that we are’

“We must lead,” the mayor said at the meeting, according to the station. “I got calls from mayors around the country, some of them saying, ‘I’m so excited,’ the other ones saying, ‘What the hell did you do? Now I [have to] shift money.’ That’s exactly the point. It starts someplace, and we say we are going to be who we want to be, or we’re going to continue being the killers that we are.”

McBride, a 30-year veteran of the department, said Garcetti “smeared every single police officer in Los Angeles and across the nation by calling us killers” and that union members have lost “all confidence” in him, KCBS reported.

And while the union has not undertaken a formal no-confidence vote, the station said the Police Protective League added Friday that Garcetti “has apparently lost his damn mind” and said that if L.A. could remove its mayor for illness or incapacity, “we’d plead for it to be invoked.”

What did Garcetti have to say in response?

Garcetti told MSNBC Friday that the union took his remark out of context, KCBS said.

“I said all of us, meaning 100% of us as Americans, we make a choice to allow death to happen in this country, to allow, if you grew up in Watts, to have 12 years less of life than if you grew up in Bel Air,” he told the cable network, according to KCBS. “Do we want to say you should have a four-to-six-times higher chance of dying in childbirth if you’re a black woman [than] a white woman, have 10 times more household wealth depending on the color of your skin or not? These things kill people every single day.”

The city council must approve Garcetti’s proposed budget, including proposed cuts, the station said, adding that the budget must be adopted and signed by June 30.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s ‘shifting funds’ away from police, announces reforms

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he would be shifting funds away from the police. The announcement comes after the “defund the police” movement gained some traction last week following the nationwide George Floyd protests.

Mayor de Blasio said New Yorkers “need to be reached, not policed.”

“We committed to move resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter. De Blasio added that the city can cut funds to the NYPD while still keeping the city safe.

“We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,” the mayor said at a press conference on Sunday. “This is a transformative moment, so the actions today are a beginning.”

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” de Blasio said. “I also will affirm we will only do it in a way that is certain to continue the city will be safe.”

The Democratic mayor introduced reforms including repealing state privacy laws that shield disciplinary records of police officers, creating a civilian-controlled agency that handles vendor enforcement, and hiring “community ambassadors” who will act as liaisons between the police force and civilians.

The reforms were suggested by the mayor’s task force on racial inclusion, which is co-chaired by de Blasio’s wife, first lady Chirlane McCray.

“I am also launching the City Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity, focusing on confronting health disparities, specific needs in communities of color and breaking down structural racism,” de Blasio said in April.

The mayor did not reveal how much money would be redistributed. The NYPD’s budget was $5.9 billion in 2019.

Last week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer called for $1.1 billion to be cut from the NYPD budget over four years, $265 million annually. To cut the budget, Stringer advised suspending hiring new police officers, cut overtime by 5%, and trim Other than Personnel Services by 4%.

“Breaking down structural racism in New York City will require long-term, lasting change — and that must include reducing the NYPD’s budget. If our budget is a reflection of our values, it is unconscionable that services for Black and Brown New Yorkers are on the chopping block while the NYPD’s budget remains almost entirely untouched,” Stringer wrote in a letter to de Blasio.

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Minneapolis mayor speaks with protesters — but it takes dramatic turn when they confront him with question

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, received a rude awakening from protesters on Saturday after he refused to support defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.

Protesters reportedly marched to Frey’s residence and demanded he speak with them. When he emerged, Frey affirmed much of what the protesters believe, including telling them, “the systemic racist system needs to be revamped.”

But the impromptu meeting took an unexpected turn when the protesters confronted Frey with a “yes or no” question.

“Yes or no: Will you commit to defunding the Minneapolis Police Department,” the lead demonstrator asked Frey. “We don’t want to more police. … It is a yes or a no. Will you defund the Minneapolis Police Department?”

The woman noted that it was important to hear Frey’s answer, and reminded the crowd that he is up for re-election next year.

Finally, after many tense moments, Frey said, “I do not support the full abolition of the police department.”

The raucous crowd immediately responded with loud boos. “Get the f**k out of here,” the lead demonstrator, the same one who confronted Frey, yelled.

“Go home, Jacob, go home!” the crowd chanted.

After being shamed by the crowd, Frey stopped to talk with local news media. He declared his support for police reforms, but reaffirmed that he does not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department.

Frey said, according to WCCO-TV:

If you’re asking whether I’m for massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system the answer is “yes.” If you’re asking whether I will do everything possible to push back on the inherent inequities that are literally built into the architecture the answer is “yes.”

If you’re asking whether I’m willing to do everything I possibly can throughout the rest of my term to make sure that the police union, the police contract, the arbitration system, and some of these policies that have resulted in problems for specifically Black and Brown people and murder over series of generations, I’m all for that. I’m not for abolishing the entire police department, I will be honest about that.

However, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed plans last week to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a “transformative new model of public safety.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar: It’s time to disband the police

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is the latest voice in an indignant chorus of lawmakers who want to diminish, defund, or entirely disband police departments across the country. The Democratic congresswoman said Friday that the Minneapolis Police Department is “beyond reform.”

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender announced Friday that the council intends to have the city’s police department “dismantled” and replaced with a “transformative new model of public safety.”

Omar made it known on social media that she is in favor of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.

On Twitter, she shared a Time article titled, “I’m a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here’s What Could Come Next,” written by Steve Fletcher, a city council member for Ward 3 in Minneapolis.

Fletcher wrote: “I am one of many on the Council, including the Council President and the Chair of Public Safety, who are publicly supporting the call to disband our police department and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.”

In addition to the article, Omar wrote: “The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to @MplsWard3 for your leadership on this!”

In another tweet, Omar wrote: “Police violence is a threat to public safety. We must allocate resources to ensure that all instances of death or injury in police custody are adequately and independently reviewed.”

“We can’t reform a system that is rotten, reimagining and reconstructing a new way forward is a better approach,” Omar tweeted. “Thankful for Minneapolis city council for their leadership on this.”

Omar shared a tweet from Jeremy Schroeder, a Minneapolis city council member representing Ward 11, that read: “I am fully committed to disinvesting in the MPD as it exists today and rebuilding a public safety system that is designed to serve the public with compassion and respect – with enough guardrails to prevent another tragedy like George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police.”

Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis city council member representing Ward 5 and son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, also proclaimed that the police would be disbanded.

“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” Ellison tweeted. “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due.”

Minneapolis isn’t the only major city looking to significantly reduce the role of cops. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was cutting funds from the Los Angeles Police Department.

“We will not be increasing our police budget,” Garcetti said.

The mayor said that he would cut $250 million from his previously proposed budget, and the money would be reallocated to communities of color “so we can invest in jobs, in education and healing.”

LAPD Commission President Eileen Decker announced that $100 million to $150 million of those budget cuts will come from the police department’s budget.

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