• Richard Easson

A Push from the Left to Defund and Eliminate Police

On Friday, the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and and Rep. Ilhan Omar argued over Twitter after Omar tweeted "The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It's time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis."

It's no surprise that Omar's colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known to be an outspoken critic of the NYPD, had no problem voicing her support for the defunding of police. Liberals' criticism of the nation's cops have been well in line with calls by various chapters of Black Lives Matter to cut down on police budgets. On Friday, the DC division of BLM tweeted that "Black Lives Matter means defund the police."

Advocates for the defunding of police departments claim that the money in savings should be directed to things like employment, education and housing services. Currently, the city of LA seeks to cut up to $150 million while New York City looks to cut as much as $1 billion. Other left-leaning cities seek to impose similar cuts as well. Mind you, Democrat-run cities see some of the highest rates in violent crimes as well as poverty, drug use and homelessness. Even BLM activist, Shaun King, noted that the highest levels of police misconduct exists in Democrat-led cities.

People quickly forget that diminished police presence lead to events like rioters in Minneapolis burning down a multi-million dollar affordable housing project or the looting and burning down of mom and pop shops with owners and employees just looking to get by. And no matter how much money is pumped into our public school system, American children still fall behind many countries in test scores in basic subjects.

While daft and well-off Antifa members go around advocating for the downfall of police in the US, the defunding and even the cutting of police forces would be disadvantageous to underprivileged and poverty stricken cities and towns, where police presence is most needed.

Close to 1,000 people are killed by police each year. Some of these deaths may be malice, but no numerical statistics exist. And while I'm sure most people can agree that only a small fraction of police have bad intentions, the majority are good. The 1,000 is not a number reported by the media, but a death that seems to be driven by race becomes a worldwide phenomenon and leads to calls by organizations and lawmakers to disband all police.

What people don't know or don't care to know is that 250,000 patients are killed each year at the hands of medical professionals, intentionally or not. This is the third-highest leading cause of death each year in this country. There's no outcry or reporting by the media on that statistic. People don't demand for the defunding of hospitals or doctor's offices around the nation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people and companies all around the country were, and still are, applauding and thanking healthcare professionals, and rightfully so, but when does the time to applaud and thank cops come around? Do we need anarchy or a resurgence of the Wild West for us to realize the need for police?