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Three Big Questions – About Riots and Police Defunding

policeDominos continue to fall, as protests turned into riots, devolved back into protests, and are followed by Democrat calls to “defund,” “disband,” federalize, and radically reform America’s police forces.  Three questions loom, after violence in 200 cities.

First, while assuring police accountability, including better training, strategic deployment, and ending persistent racism, how does defunding police ever increase public safety?

Truth is laws are paper.  They carry only as much weight as a society gives them.  If they are not abided and enforced, they are worthless.  That is why no civil society in history based on laws ever existed without police.  Still, Democrat leaders push the idea – harkening to House efforts to defund ICE – that police should be defunded.

For those who think this is a political canard, advanced but not seriously, think again.  If the idea is nonsensical, it is gaining steam.  The Los Angeles Times reported calls “for defunding the police” are spreading.

In Seattle “authorities boarded up and vacated” a police precinct, allowing armed protestors to hold an “autonomous zone,” triggering memories of the armed “autonomous zone” held by FARC terrorists in Colombia – two decades ago.

In Portland, Oregon, a white female police chief was forced to resign, untrained civilians dispatched to answer police calls, a dangerous experiment.  The city’s council members are calling for “revolution,” involving deep cuts to police.

In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed by a white police officer, defunding police is real. “Nine city council members, including Jeremiah Ellison, the son of state Attorney General Keith Ellison, who declared his support for Antifa, spoke at a protest …” pushing “to end policing as we know it.”

Notably, Keith Ellison is not without past controversy.  He gained national attention between 2006 and 2019, as the first Muslim in Congress and then as outspoken deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

In New York City, 300 officers have been injured, 600 are suddenly retiring, and Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will “accede to protesters’ demands” to “shift funds away from the NYPD toward youth and social services.”

This move begs the question how New York’s police force will continue to be funded at current levels.  See, https://www.foxnews.com/us/defund-police-george-floyd-protest-reforms-new-york-los-angeles-minneapolis.  The city has 38,000 police to secure 8.2 million residents, plus 1.2 million illegal aliens.

In Los Angeles, Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will cut $100 to $250 million from police, a city with 9000 officers keeping peace for four million residents.  The city has an added one million illegal aliens.

In Washington DC, the Mayor’s decision to paint a street with “Black Lives Matter” was followed by protestors painting “Defund the Police,” which the Mayor refuses to remove.

Over strenuous objections, the DC Council passed a no-hearing, no-comment “reform bill,” leading the police union to say: “It is beyond comprehension that an entire deliberative body of legislators would so hastily make such extreme changes without the proper input and review,” adding “what we saw today was a disservice to the citizens of the District of Columbia who have been plagued with violent crime for years.”

So, how would cutting police nationwide make the country, including black neighborhoods – more secure?  Short answer:  It would not.  If more training, community policing, improved recruiting, public disclosure of complaints, ending chokeholds and no-knock warrants might, “ending police as we know it” and “defunding” the police would not.

Second question:  How does the unrest, including violent riots causing billions in damage – burning black businesses – translate politically?  How does defunding or federalizing as House legislation aims to, resonate with voters?

Short answer:  Not well.  As a strong indication of how far Democrats are estranged from struggling Americans, recent polls present a stark contrast.  On one hand, Democrat leaders support defunding police, dodge the question, or – like presumptive nominee Joe Biden – are all over the board.  Initially saying police “escalate tension,” he has now decided to up-fund them. See, e.g. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/02/joe-biden-appears-blame-police-for-riots-they-escalate-tension/; https://nypost.com/2020/06/09/biden-police-funds-should-be-tied-to-basic-standards-of-decency/.

Meantime, the latest national polls show defunding police is not popular.  A Yahoo/YouGov poll released June 9 revealed “about 85 percent of Americans across party lines do not support defunding the police.” One report: “The overwhelming majority of Americans do not want police departments defunded, despite widespread calls by the far-left Democrats to do so.”  See: https://spectrumreport.com/poll-85-of-americans-dont-want-to-defund-police/.

Separately, on June 12, an ABC/Ipsos poll found “strong majorities of Americans oppose the movement to ‘defund the police’ and some of its most significant goals, specifically reshuffling funding away from law enforcement to support mental health, housing and education programs.”  In fact, “nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose calls for defunding police departments …See: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/64-americans-oppose-defund-police-movement-key-goals/story?id=71202300

All this just highlights what Democrats face – including Joe Biden’s campaign – as they approach November.  They must satisfy wild-eyed socialists while holding a center increasingly unaligned with their new leftist party.

The “defund police” movement is only the latest.  A profound crisis afflicts Democrats.  They must either accommodate radical leftists in their ranks, or risk those same leftists staying home or supporting a third-party candidate.  So, how does defunding police and radicalization play?  For most, not well.

Third question:  Unasked in recent DC violence is a question that deserves answering. Lost in coverage of painted streets, clearing of Lafayette Park, statements by the President, Mayor, Joint Chiefs and Attorney General Barr, is a simple question:  Why, if the unrest was about justice, violence directed at the police, did rioters target and burn a church?

On June 2, officials reviewed what happened on the streets of DC.  Beyond torching businesses, threatening police and the White House, the movement burned a church that – with much media fuming – the President later visited.  It is historic, attended by every president, including Obama.

While debate rages over the President’s walk across the park to this burned church, no news outlet asked the question:  Why would a peaceful, racial justice movement cover a church in graffiti and burn it?  Does that not tell us something about the movement, or those who hijacked it?

Having walked through ruins of burned churches in Kosovo, a nation we sought to stabilize, allow me to say a burned church is a very sad place.  When lost souls, spurred by ethnic hatred, violent atheism, or radical socialist dogma, deliberately burn a church, something is deeply wrong.

The question is two-fold:  Why did violent rioters deface and burn the church? Why did the press not ask that question?  The answer to part one is that forces behind the riots were more interested in chaos, perhaps ideologically opposed to faith. The answer to part two is tougher. In the rush to condemn Trump’s visit, one might wonder – why was the church targeted?  No one in the media wondered.

So, three questions linger: How would defunding police make us secure?  How do Democrats support a policy two-thirds of America opposes? And how did we end up discussing a visit to a burned DC church, without asking why the church was burned?  Sometimes, when all else fails, asking the obvious works.

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3 months ago

Anyone see the trend here? Socialists and anarchists have been attempting to disarm the average American citizen (no guns), and now they want to remove the police, so we have no one to call during an emergency or during the committing of a crime. Now that the Democrats have lurched so far leftward, they have jumped on the socialist/anarchist/communist bandwagon and have endorsed the same things. At the same time, they are trying to cheat us out of our voice at the ballot box by perpetrating voter fraud. And don’t DARE disagree with them about anything! Defenseless, then voiceless .… Read more »

Missouri Nana
3 months ago

I agree with Gov. Huckabee, that the people who have the six block area in Seattle should be surrounded, the residents leave if they wish then shut off any and all resources; food, water, electricity, phone/internet service. Let them figure it out. Then once they have had enough and haven’t killed one another; load them up and haul them off to jail; charged with Terrorism; Too bad they can’t be deported/removed from our country. .

Beverly Necessary
3 months ago

Hello Silent Majority I believe we are in BIG TROUBLE. The ruling class is getting ready for a take over of our country. Things like quarantining us, de fund the police,provoking racism and having the American people lead like lambs to slaughter. I am afraid very afraid. Sorry but old and grumpy.

Fred J Noel
3 months ago

What were the two Atlanta police officers to do, let a criminal take away their teaser and not pursue him? What if he used that teaser in a robbery of a convenience store, or worse used it to stun a female victim and rape her?

3 months ago

No defunding police. Police are the most necessary of protectors and lawful assembly. There are just some police officers who shouldn’t be a policeman. I appreciate that the officer who killed George Floyd has been arrested himself plus those other officers who stood by and watched him kill Mr. Floyd. If you, as a police officer, cannot handle the situation with humanity and less violence yourself, you shouldn’t be a police officer, no matter how others act, you’re the responsible party to take care of a situation in a manner with human integrity! That was awful and insane to do… Read more »

3 months ago

since the “gentle people” of seattle have declared themselves not part of the U.S., the U.S. should envelop the barricaded area & not let anyone in or out. this area should be treated as if it were a country that we have no diplomatic relations with. do not allow anyone in or out of the area cut off their supply lines. cut off all food, water, electricity, sewage, and trash amenities. only allow entry/exit from the area as a medical emergency. do this until they capitulate and sign a loyalty oath to obey the U.S. constitution and all federal &… Read more »

3 months ago

Read in the Charlotte NC newspaper the LBGTQ want to cut police and refused to have them at their Charlotte Pride parade. Let them and the left wing liberals hire and pay for their own police and find out what and where they get. Just because of a very few corrupt police, pathetic to hurt our cities police and firemen as they out their lives on the line for us. This entire propaganda must stop.

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3 months ago

The ones barricaded inside don’t deserve the reg army but specialized forces that will move in secure and process all …All those on any government program such as student aid , welfare, disability etc should immediately lose it, all those with outstanding warrants should be jailed and the leaders should be treated as hostile invaders/ terrorists and processed as such…they should not be treated with kid gloves…the press should be kept back 5 blocks and all transmissions from cell phones etc should be jammed from the area

Joanna Johnson-Smith
3 months ago

MORE Liberal Democrat Insanity! STOP VOTING DEMOCRAT!! Instead of Reforming and DEFUNDING POLICE, how about we see our useless Governors and City Leaders start enforcing our Immigration laws and Reforming the millions of uneducated, mis-educated, lazy, entitled, ungrateful IDIOTS that are out there being violent fools? Start with serious Jail Time and restitution for ALL damages?

Patriot Will
3 months ago

If one believes in white guilt, white privilege, social justice, racism against the whites, destroying American history, and the US is basically an evil country — then I guess one can believe in almost anything. The media is already basically a communist propaganda machine and many of our teachers in grades K – 16+ have brainwashed many students to be ignorant idiots. I personally was ridiculed by many of my fellow high school math teachers, because I openly believed in traditional patriotic values. I do not remember even one of my 3 children having a history teacher who was politically… Read more »

3 months ago

Minneapolis will be opening the door to Sharia Law if they defund their police department..

3 months ago

Maybe, just maybe, the socalists want to defund the police so the federal government will move in and they will have to bear the costs. So the tax payers from all over the country will pay. I am going to my local gun shop and buy an AR-15 and a lot of ammo.

Douglas Denehie
3 months ago

Removing police is like letting the fox guard the chicken coop. Why do blacks and brainwashed young want cops gone. Well any idiot knows then the criminals can have a field day. But that is not the real story. Liberals including democrats are cheering on the violent riots and paying the usefull idiots to do it. Blm and antifa are paided to riot. Most of the leaders are known. Arrest them and charge them with sedition first then the lesser crimes. It is time to get serious and deal with them. And make them clean up their mess. And make… Read more »

3 months ago

The left is pulling out allthe stopstotry and defeat President Trump. They are pushing for total anarchy which of course they’ll blame on President Trump. But of course there was not even a hiccup for President Obama’s total wickedness in his time in office!!!

Mike B.
3 months ago

I think de-funding our police is stupid and makes no sense. De-funding police will only increase the number of those who will carry a firearm for protection of self and loved ones. America will turn into the middle east. The leftist in America with with the aid of mainstream media are doing everything they can to destroy the greatest country on earth.

3 months ago

So let’s see……enforcing the law not through direct intervention enforcement, but through counseling, group therapy, medications, 24/7 crisis centers, supportive 1-800 calls, nurture and warm teddy bear hugs, will solve the systemic problems of violence: assault, maiming, beating, murder and rape. After all, those perpetrating these acts are really just misunderstood.   What we are watching is the preliminaries of Goldings ‘Lord of the Flies’. Juveniles of whatever chronological age, are starting to run things while you and I as the adults in the midst of this will be the ones to pay for it.   We’re getting closer and… Read more »

Jon Kirsch
3 months ago

Why is it important that Obama went to that church? Who gives a D***? Police need to be feared by those that break the law and loved by those that receive needed help from them. It takes a special person to provide both of those to the community. If we remove all the tools that the police NEED to do their job, we will be the ones suffering in the long run, along with those that want them removed.

3 months ago

Good article, Mr. Charles. I see all the real news here. But why aren’t our representatives taking action? Where are the marches and protests from the average American citizens? How can we organize peaceful protests of the erosion of our Constitutional rights?

3 months ago

All lives matter, burning,looting, defunding the police , NONE of those are the solution. Respect life, respect others, work at removing the divisive policies of the establishment politicians .
The democrats and their 50 years of lying to their base is the problem.

3 months ago

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