A New York Times op-ed printed on Friday tried to clarify what “Defund the police” really means.
Since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, police reform has been debated by lawmakers and elected officials throughout the nation. Some of the loudest protests have been pushing a “Defund the police” movement, a mantra that was notably painted on a street just steps from the White House.
Nonetheless, that has ignited a debate within itself as to whether that slogan is a broad description of police reform or if it really means the end of police in America.
Anti-criminalization activist Mariame Kaba tried to settle the debate once and for all with the op-ed, “Yes, we mean literally abolish the police.” What a dope. Kaba is part of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, and that should tell you a lot.
“Congressional Democrats want to make it easier to identify and prosecute police misconduct; Joe Biden wants to give police departments $300 million. But efforts to solve police violence through liberal reforms like these have failed for nearly a century,” Kaba began. “Enough. We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the police.”
Kaba claimed there was “not a single era” in American history when the police was not a “force of violence against black people” going back to slavery.
That’s just a ridiculous statement. You could say the same thing about any group of people committing crimes or disturbing the peace who happen to argue and disrespect cops when they show up to resolve whatever issue they were called to handle.
“When you see a police officer pressing his knee into a black man’s neck until he dies, that’s the logical result of policing in America” from officers who believe it’s “his job,” Kaba wrote.
Another ridiculous statement by a ridiculous woman. Nobody thought what Derek Chauvin did was right. Nobody. Cops all over the country have chimed in saying they didn’t think it was right either. On this one there was no blue wall of silence. Cops were very outspoken about what happened.
There’s a reason we have laws, rules and regulations against what the Minneapolis police did to Mr. Floyd, which is why all four officers were fired and charged with serious crimes.
All police know that Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes was a travesty of justice. They believe it was murder. It’s not even up for debate. We haven’t heard a single person take the side of the Minneapolis cops who killed him.
She then tried to dismiss the idea that police are supposed to “catch the bad guys,” something she suggests is a “myth” since most arrests they make aren’t felonies.
Sorry, but if you commit a misdemeanor you’re still breaking the law, and the police are who you have to deal with when you get caught. If you then fight the cops to get away, you just escalated your own situation and now committed a felony. How many people have gotten arrested for resisting and/or attacking cops?
“The first thing to point out is that police officers don’t do what you think they do. They spend most of their time responding to noise complaints, issuing parking and traffic citations, and dealing with other noncriminal issues,” Kaba explained. “We can’t simply change their job descriptions to focus on the worst of the worst criminals. That’s not what they are set up to do.”
Kaba called for cutting both police staffing and budgets “in half,” insisting “fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people.”
The problem I see here is she is trying to make it seem like police brutalize black people as a routine part of their job, and that’s just insane.
She argued that police “break rules all the time,” pointing to how Chauvin had 17 prior complaints.
“Why on earth would we think the same reforms would work now? We need to change our demands. The surest way of reducing police violence is to reduce the power of the police, by cutting budgets and the number of officers,” Kaba said. “But don’t get me wrong. We are not abandoning our communities to violence. We don’t want to just close police departments. We want to make them obsolete.”
She recommended directing funds to “health care, housing, education and good jobs,” insisting that will lead to a lesser “need for the police in the first place” and that “community care workers” can “do mental-health checks” for people who need help.
This is delusional thinking. She’s blaming poverty for crime. I’m sorry, but that dog doesn’t hunt. During the Great Depression years people were really poor. I mean no food on the table for weeks at a time poor. And you didn’t have the amount of violent crime going on then that you have now. I’m not saying there wasn’t violent crime back then, but I am saying that the amount of violent crime today is out of control. We recently saw 18 people murdered in Chicago in a single day making it the most violent day in 60 years, and I don’t remember hearing Mariame Kaba say word one about that. That’s because it’s black on black crime, that for some reason the race activists don’t really care about it. Those 18 people were black, and they were murdered by other black people. the Mariame Kaba’s of the world would lose their minds if police killed even one of them, but we hearing no outrage at all otherwise.
“When people, especially white people, consider a world without the police, they envision a society as violent as our current one, merely without law enforcement — and they shudder,” Kaba wrote.
“As a society, we have been so indoctrinated with the idea that we solve problems by policing and caging people that many cannot imagine anything other than prisons and the police as solutions to violence and harm.”
Maybe if you started one of your programs in Chicago to get the criminals there to stop murdering their own people you would have some credibility.
She continued, “People like me who want to abolish prisons and police, however, have a vision of a different society, built on cooperation instead of individualism, on mutual aid instead of self-preservation… When the streets calm and people suggest once again that we hire more black police officers or create more civilian review boards, I hope that we remember all the times those efforts have failed.”
I hate to break it to this woman, but the streets aren’t violent because of the police. If there’s no “cooperation instead of individualism” now, imagine how bad things will get when you remove law enforcement from the equation.
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Nobody champions actual police brutality. But nobody champions criminals attacking police either. There is a conversation that needs to be had, but until the Kaba’s of the world are ready to sit and talk about it rationally, we’re going to get nowhere. Dismantling the police is dangerous and kooky idea.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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