African-American leaders on both sides of the aisle reject the idea that defunding the police will make people safer. Black Democrats and Republicans recognize that without law enforcement protecting neighborhoods, communities would descend into lawlessness.
“We’ve always heard about the tale of two cities. On the side of the city that I come from, which is Blacker and poorer, we’ve seen more in terms of gun usage,” Democrat Al Sharpton reportedly said. “But to take all policing off is something a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as an academic problem. But people living on the ground need proper policing.”
Sharpton, a Baptist minister and vocal political activist, delivered a powerful eulogy at the funeral of George Floyd. He also acknowledged that crime has not diminished in predominately Black neighborhoods. Cutting police funding or shifting to community-run systems will give criminals license to run roughshod over working families.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slashed police funding by $1 billion. He plans to reduce “the size of (the NYPD) by not having the next recruit class.” More than 1,000 veterans of the department filed for early retirement after the “latte liberal” mayor made his defund the police announcement. Residents can expect fewer beat cops and delayed crisis response due to a shortage of rank-and-file officers.
High-profile Black conservatives agree whole-heartedly with their Democrat counterpart, Sharpton. Former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal continue to push back.
“We need to weed out the bad cops — you know I hear these guys getting on television these politicians talking about ‘defunding the police department,’” Barkley said. “First of all, that would have a negative effect on the black communities — who the Black people gonna call, Ghostbusters? Because they’re not gonna defund the police in the good white neighborhoods.”
During his on-air commentary, Barkley also called out the misinformation regarding the tragic death of Breonna Taylor. Fake news media outlets consistently downplay the fact officers were fired upon by her boyfriend. She was struck by a bullet as police returned fire.
“I have to agree with Charles. This one is sort of lumped in. You have to get a warrant signed, and some states do allow no-knock warrants,” O’Neal reportedly said. “When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”
In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died in police custody, city council members were among the first to promise to defund the police. But after kowtowing to mobs that destroyed entire sections of the city, those defund the police assurances are “up for interpretation,” according to Councilman Phillipe Cunningham. With Democrat politicians pushing to charge police with crimes, more than 100 resigned or took leaves. Those who remained on the job appear hesitant to act. The result of Minneapolis Democrats vowing to defund police has resulted in residents reporting an increase in car-jackings, robberies, shootings, and assaults.
Black Councilman Jamal Osman recently went on the record admitting, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’ (Residents) rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
The idea that Black America at large is begging for the absence of police is just another left-wing conspiracy.