Democratic mayors are seriously considering DEFUNDING police departments amid persisting riots

Sunday, June 7, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Arsenio Toledo
Sunday, June 07, 2020

Members of the Democratic Party, Antifa and other rioters and demonstrators have begun calling for police departments across the country to be defunded, and some Democratic mayors have responded positively to these demands. In Minneapolis, where the riots began, the city council is even considering abolishing their police department altogether.

In response, members of the Republican Party have spoken out about their opposition to this move, with prominent members such as Congressman Jim Jordan and Senator Lindsey Graham criticizing the Democratic Party for even considering such a move.

“Any city or entity that abolishes their police department: What effect do you believe this will have on economic development, tourism and public safety?” asked Sen. Graham.

“First, Democrats wanted to defund ICE. Then, they wanted to defund DHS. Now, they want to defund the police. This is how radical today’s Left has become!” said Rep. Jim Jordan.

Many groups aligned with either Antifa, the Democratic Party or both have for years advocated the defunding of police. The basic principle behind this is to take money away from police departments – and the prison-industrial complex – and to reinvest those funds into the community by prioritizing programs such as health, education, housing and employment, leaving them with fewer police officers to protect their communities.

Those in favor of defunding state that what the U.S. currently spends on its police departments – around $115 billion according to a recent analysis – is way too much. In many cities, what they spend on police department significantly outweighs what they spend on almost anything else.

Los Angeles, for example, spends over half of the city’s budget on the LAPD. Chicago spends nearly 40 percent of their budget, and both Atlanta and Orlando spend around 30 percent.

City police budgets have increased dramatically since the 1990s, especially after former Democratic President Bill Clinton signed a crime bill into law in 1994.

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“Completely ridiculous”

In response to the calls from rioters and demonstrators, Joe Gamaldi, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, stated that defunding the police would do nothing but aid criminals and harm communities.

Gamaldi further stated that he feels those who call for defunding the police don’t know what that process would “actually look like.”

“And, I think you are seeing it now,” said Gamaldi. “There is lawlessness in the streets, innocent citizens are being assaulted out there during these protests.”

“And now, violent crime is up in almost every major city,” he added.

Gamaldi is also the president of the Houston Police Officers Union. According to him, both murders and aggravated assaults have gone up, by 48 percent and 22 percent, respectively, and to slash the budget of police officers during these difficult times makes no sense. He further stated that the people in his community want more police officers, not fewer.

In response to the riots surrounding the death of George Floyd, Gamaldi said he feels sympathy and that America does need to have a conversation about racism and police brutality. Police departments, he said, must talk to their communities and listen to their grievances so they can see eye to eye on their issues. He further believes that some reforms do need to happen, but these reforms will not be successful unless “everyone was at the table together.” (Related: Gun sales skyrocket amid coronavirus pandemic AND engineered riots.)

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