A movement to defund the police (or remove them entirely) has been started and adopted by leftist politicians and celebrities across the country.
Celebrites And Politicians Backing Removal Of Police Funds
As the police are cracking down on the Black Lives Matter rioters and violent antifa members around the country, the leftist establishment has decided to call for the police to be defunded or, in some cases, demand the removal of the police as an organisation entirely.
#DefundThePolice has sprung up as a popular hashtag among hardcore leftists and the Hollywood elite on Twitter. Celebrities such as John Legend, Jane Fonda, Lizzo, Chrissy Teigen, and Megan Rapinoe have all joined the call to defund police across the country. It’s probably no coincidence all these people live in nice, clean, gated neighborhoods.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 3, 2020
Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, announced they would cut around $150 million from the city’s police budget.
“I have instructed and committed … that our city … identify $250 million in cuts [across departments], so we could invest in jobs, in health, in education, and in healing. And that those dollars need to be focused on our black community here in Los Angeles, as well as communities of color, and women, and people who have been left behind, for too long,” Garcetti said.
“We all have to step up and say: What can we sacrifice,” as racial justice, Garcetti argues, is “worth sacrficing for.”
Some radical leftists even want the removal of the police entirely. Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis Council President, wrote on Twitter that the city will “dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department” entirely, and instead replace it with “a transformative, new model of public safety.”
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k
— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
Nobody Wants This!
However, their demands are completely in contrast to what ordinary Americans want. A poll from YouGov shows that only 16% of Americans back the plan to defund the police, including only 33% of black Americans. The poll asked about a number of potential reforms to the police, and defunding them was right down at the bottom of the list.
defund the police is not the most popular police reform
trying to make mainstream it and/or pushing for more than you think you're going to get (i.e. bargaining) are obvs reasonable strategies
— David Byler (@databyler) June 4, 2020
It’s insane to see that this movement is taking off, when the vast, vast majority of ordinary Americans reject the call to defund the police. Like most insane leftist policies, this is a top-down imposition of radical values and ideas on a population that totally rejects them. Although, one side effect if this goes through, is that a lot more Americans will suddenly be pro 2nd Amendment!