The mother of Trayvon Martin is speaking out this week to slam the “defund the police” movement, saying that she does not support reducing funding to law enforcement and reallocating this money to social service and youth programs.
“I think we need more police,” said Sybrina Fulton, according to the Daily Caller. “We need police with better standards, and police with better ethics and better work habits.”
This comes days after Fulton announced that she is running for Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 1 where she will face Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert.
I’m officially qualified to run for Miami Dade County Commissioner District 1 #ItsTimeForChange #YourVoteYourVoice #ItsanewdayinMiamiDadeCounty #PositiveVibesOnly https://t.co/bXk73oBSQM pic.twitter.com/8dpR7xQLty
— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton) June 8, 2020
Fulton’s 17-year-old son Trayvon was fatally shot back in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer who managed to plead self defense despite the fact that the teenager was not armed. Zimmerman ended up being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges, much to the dismay of many who felt he deserved to be convicted of murder. This case specifically has been credited with helping to start the Black Lives Matter movement that has gained so much traction today.
After what happened to her son, Fulton has kept an especially close eye on the riots that have popped up in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died last month in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite her own past situation with her son’s death, Fulton told The Guardian that she can’t stand behind any movement to “defund the police.”
“I want residents to feel safe,” she said. “I want to bridge the gap between the law enforcement and the community.” Fulton has already been endorsed as a candidate by such high-profile politicians as Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Washington Examiner reported. Calls to “defund the police” have spread like wildfire since Floyd’s death, though many have pointed out that our society desperately needs cops to maintain law and order. We’re glad to see that Fulton is not hopping on the “defund the police” bandwagon, and we hope more people will start seeing things the way she does.
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This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on June 13, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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