Democrats are finally against defunding the police. At least some of them are. The announcement to “refund” the Minneapolis Police Department came out in February 2021, and since then, many other police departments have followed suit. The excitement of the “defund the police” movement has lost its glamor and led to crime rates tripling and quadrupling in some areas of the United States.
Widespread Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests have led to millions in damages, and a sense that civility is stabilized is lost when the police aren’t allowed to do their job. Police aren’t nearly as bad as the media makes them out to be, and when the facts come out, the news cycle has already run its course, and the case is old news. The police are forever the perpetrator of society. The same thing happened with body cameras. The public demanded transparency, and when clarity was given, the public found out that police officers were essentially ethical and moral.
New York saw an increase of 97% in shootings while many police officers around the country are quitting or retiring. The Asheville Police Department has seen over 70 resignations or just over 200 sworn employee police departments. Many other larger departments have seen similar resignations as the top leadership of police departments no longer have the officer’s best interest in mind. The “woke” mindset has entered policing, and it’s not turning out well for citizens.
More children have been shot in Chicago than have died from Covid-19 nationwide this year. As the pandemic is pushed in everyone’s face from mainstream media, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is parading around like this isn’t a staggering statistic. The Covid-19 virus doesn’t affect children nearly as much as it does adults and especially the elderly. Covid-19 has an overall 98.4% survival rate among all demographics. The CDC reported that 214 children under 17 have died from the Covid-19 virus since the pandemic, and 261 Chicago children have been shot in 2021. That’s 121%. Why does Lightfoot still have a job? If she were as good at her job as she claims to be, numbers would improve, and Covid-19 wouldn’t be the pandemic.
The only politicians suggesting that police departments should be defunded are irrelevant. It’s the same ones pushing a “socialist utopia” that they claim would improve people’s lives. That’s “The Squad” for anybody wondering. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have terrorized the House since they were elected. Their ideology won’t work in America. Maybe Somalia, but not America.
Black voters and Democrats made up 28% and 34% of the support for defunding the police, so it’s safe to say that most Americans don’t support it and will likely note vote for the candidates who favor the police movement.
The most prominent voice for getting rid of bad police officers is good police officers. You hear this but rarely see it. It’s alive in police departments nationwide, but with strict social media policies and a stronghold on the voice of police officers, they rarely speak out publicly. Their voice is heard in the department, and the department has to decide whether to remove the officer or not. It’s a challenging situation for officers who want to make a difference in their community. They rarely get the opportunity to eject the bad police officers from the department, but it still happens. Disciplinary action and reprimand from their fellow officers usually go a long way. They have to continue stepping up in the face of criticism for the good of communities across the nation.
Most cities spend around 25% to 40% of their budget on the police department. Social programs can’t make up for law enforcement presence and accountability to the criminal element in the U.S. More community support is needed for the officers who do their job and not only behind the scenes. The “silent majority” of America needs to get behind their police departments and support them. At the same time, police officers have to get to know their communities better by getting out of their cars and interacting with people.