(Natural News) No matter how the media tries to spin it, the calls for defunding the police are not coming from a desire to reallocate funds – these delusional people really are saying that they want to get rid of police entirely.
Activist Mariame Kaba recently wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times denouncing the efforts of the media and Democratic leaders to spin their calls for defunding as a mere overhaul of policing.
At the very least, Kaba would like to see the police cut in half because somehow, in her mind, “fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people” – nevermind the fact that it gives everyone else who wants to commit these and other crimes even more opportunities to do so.
“We don’t want to just close police departments. We want to make them obsolete,” she added.
Some people’s interest in abolishing the police is financially motivated. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said there have been reports of armed people “patrolling” the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in her city.
She added: “We’ve also received reports that these armed people may be demanding payment from business owners in payment for protection.”
One business owner tweeted that his business was visited by six people who told him to pay $500 in the form of cash or Bitcoin to finance “community security and protection.” He said he was considering paying the thugs to avoid trouble, but he added that he wasn’t sure if this was a one-time or recurring payment or how often he might have to pay it.
Other sources have reported that people in the zone are “shaking down” businesses by insisting they contribute resources or supplies.
Two thirds of Americans opposed to defunding police departments
Incredibly, the president of the Minneapolis city council, Lisa Bender, recently told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that those who say they’re concerned about personal safety without police are speaking “from a place of privilege.”
And yet there are quite a lot of us. According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, nearly two thirds of Americans are opposed to defunding police departments. When it comes to opposing reducing police budgets to reallocate funds to other public health and social programs, the opposition is 60 percent.
Earlier this month, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council agreed that the city’s police department should be dismantled, although no one knows yet exactly what that will entail.
We are already getting a taste of what society would be like without police. Just a few days into the ridiculous “experiment” of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, the city’s police chief is already warning that police are unable to respond to “rapes, robberies and all sorts of violent acts” being committed in the area. Response times have already tripled, and the problem is only likely to get worse.
The reality is that police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect us, and they often do this for modest pay. Many departments are already underfunded, which means our officers are being sent out into dangerous situations without proper equipment.
Yes, there are a few bad ones, but this anti-police sentiment has gotten completely out of hand – to the point where there are calls to pull the children’s cartoon series Paw Patrol off the air because it paints police as heroic.
While cops who act badly should absolutely be held accountable, those who are protecting our society and keeping us all safe deserve our support, not our condemnation. Who exactly do all those who want to get rid of the police plan to call when they are the victims of a violent crime?
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