Defund The Police

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First off, for most people who support and chant “defund the police,” it’s not literally about eliminating police departments. Second, despite what fuckers like Tucker will repeatedly tell you, President Biden has NEVER expressed support for “defunding the police” or eliminating police. Even though it’s on public record, Republicans keep lying about it.

A lot of Democrats have criticized the slogan and movement. Despite that, Republicans have used it against them and will continue to do so. Fuck facts, right? They’re Republicans.

“Defund the Police” is mostly a slogan while there are more serious efforts to reduce funding and restructure police departments in addition to redistributing police responsibilities to other government agencies. Slogans that are more than three words just are not as catchy. Ever been to a Trump rally? “Lock her up,” “space force,” “build the wall,” “send them back,” “save whitey,” “I got crabs,” are all catchy and extremely limited. For the Black Lives Matter movement, “defund the police” is catchier than “reduce police department budgets so they stop buying tanks and rocket launchers.”

A 2020 study by The Washington Post showed that since 1960, around the time cops were buying water hoses and billy clubs for crowd control on black Americans protesting against discrimination and for civil rights, police spending has increased 800 percent while there’s been a minuscule drop in the national crime rate.

As for redistributing responsibilities for the police, why are they in charge of homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse? Did you know that one in four people killed by cops suffers from severe mental illness? Taking money from cops so they can’t buy bazookas, and giving it to more capable agencies, like mental health counseling, is a good idea. Maybe we can chant “demilitarize the police?” Too many syllables?

In case you’re a Republican, a syllable is a unit of pronunciation having more than one vowel sound without surrounding consonants. “Demilitarize” has five syllables. Notice that each syllable has at least one vowel. Vowels are the letters a, e, i, o, u. Tomorrow, we’ll do consonants. Anyway, nobody’s going to chant it.

Most people don’t support defunding the police or even reallocating resources and responsiblities. But most people don’t understand what they’re talking about on this issue. A lot of them are being lied to. Lies work. For example, Virginia made Glenn Youngkin governor over fear of something that doesn’t exist. Now, we have book burnings in Virginia. It’s shit like this that makes me turn off the news on Saturdays and watch something like “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.”

Donald Trump leads the way for Republicans lying about where Democrats stand on defunding the police. He tweeted, before he got banned for using Twitter to coordinate a terrorist attack to destroy our democracy and constitution, “The Radical Left Democrats new theme is ‘Defund the Police.’ Remember that when you don’t want Crime, especially against you and your family. This is where Sleepy Joe is being dragged by the socialists. I am the complete opposite, more money for Law Enforcement!” he tapped off the tweet with a hashtag about law and order, which is another example of Republicans missing the irony. Also, looking at how Trump needed to capitalize “radical,” “left,” “crime” and “law enforcement” makes me think we need to reallocate money from cops and into educating old crusty-ass racist orange politicians.

But the reality is that a majority of Democrats don’t support defunding the police. President Biden is totally opposed to defunding police and is in favor or reform.

Bernie Sanders, who nobody will argue is a moderate, is also opposed to defunding police and has spoken out for more accountability from police, along with better education and training, and making their job better defined. Republicans are probably against all that too.

Senator Cory Booker said he understood the sentiment behind the slogan but would not use it.

Congressional Caucus chair Karen Black said, “”I do think that, in cities, in states, we need to look at how we are spending the resources and invest more in our communities. Maybe this is an opportunity to re-envision public safety.” Pfft. Republicans don’t want to do that.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said, “‘Defund the police’ is killing our party, and we’ve got to stop it.” Clyburn compared the slogan “defund the police” to “burn, baby, burn” used in the 1960s which many believe alienated and undermined support for the Civil Rights Movement.

“Defund the police” has been credited for Democrats losing House seats in 2020. It may have saved a few Republican Senate seats as well. Republicans are much better at messaging than Democrats, even if they are all lies.

While Republicans argue against defunding the police, they support the white nationalists who wounded Capitol Police during their insurrection, accused one of the cops of murdering one of their terrorists when he “stood his ground” and shot her as she was attempting to break into the Speaker’s office, and the GOP voted against awarding medals to the Capitol Police. Irony, irony, irony, motherfuckers.

Where do Republicans in Congress stand on defunding the Capitol Police Department? Maybe they’re not needed since Lauren Boebert is bringing a gun to the House Floor every day.

While cops are arguing against any reform, they also support white vigilantes. In Kenosha, they patted racist vigilantes on the back, gave them water, and drove by past Kyle Rittenhouse very slowly after he had just shot three people, killing two of them.

Kyle Rittenhouse wasn’t even tried for being a vigilante as the judge in his case accepted before the trial that he was in Kenosha to clean graffiti and offer medical assistance he wasn’t qualified to give. The judge decided the gun he couldn’t purchase legally was legal for him to skulk around the city with. The judge never questioned why graffiti could only be cleaned after Kyle’s curfew. The judge never questioned if the person Kyle shot was possibly defending himself. If Kyle can claim self-defense because the guy he killed pulled out a gun, then why couldn’t the person he shot make the same claim. In case you forgot, Kyle already had his gun out. And if it was legal in Wisconsin for Kyle to terrorize people with a gun at his age, then why isn’t it legal in that state for Kyle to buy the gun? Did Wisconsin become Florida?

My point with that is, the judge and the jury, joined the Kenosha Police Department in supporting vigilantes. If we’re going to bring in vigilantes, and the cops are going to ignore when they kill people, then why do we need cops? Maybe we can just defund and get rid of the racist cops? What’s that you say? Then there won’t be any cops?

The real irony is we need to defund the police so we can fund some police to police the police.

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Defund The Police


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This cartoon should ignite a lot of debate on social media over the next few days.

A lot of Black Lives Matter protesters are calling for defunding the nation’s police departments. There’s a lot of talk about what that means exactly and concerns Donald Trump and Republicans will milk it for the 2020 presidential campaign. Guess what. They’re already doing that.

It doesn’t really matter what the facts are for Donald Trump and Republicans to take something, fill it full of lies, and run with it. Remember how President Obama was going to take all our guns? Do you remember President Obama actually taking our guns? During the 2018 midterm elections, Trump and Republicans ran on the message the Democratic Party wanted to abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). That did not work, the Democrats took the House, and we still have ICE. A lot of Republican voters probably thought Nancy Pelosi was coming to take their ice makers and we’d have to go back to trays.

Republicans and Trump gaslight and lie on a political issue? Remember, this is the same party that ran on saving Obamacare in 2018. Donald Trump also claimed George Soros was funding Central American caravans to “invade” our southern border and he even admitted he had no facts to base this claim.

Donald Trump stated yesterday that we’re not going to defund the police despite the fact he actually doesn’t have much of a say in it. Funding your local police department is mostly from your local government. But, the federal government can create laws restructuring and regulating police departments which is exactly what this nation needs.

While people argue most cops are good and the bads ones are just a few…the rotten apples have rotted police culture. While you can argue it was just a couple of cops who pushed the elderly man in Buffalo, there were multiple who walked past the man without offering any assistance. Then, it was an official statement from the department that the old man tripped and fell on his own despite there being video evidence contrary to that. Then, after two of the cops were punished, 52 of their colleagues resigned from their task force in protest of cops being held accountable. That is a culture that doesn’t need restructuring. It needs to be eliminated. Do we have to defund police to eliminate that rotten cop culture?

When the Minnesota State Police arrested a black CNN journalist who was only doing his job, reporting, they later issued an official statement saying they released him after verifying his credentials. The arrest was actually caught on tape with the reporter, Omar Jimenez showing the cops his…wait for it…credentials. The camera recording him and the microphone in his hand were also helpful clues, but hey, you never know when rioters will grab fake cameras and microphones to loot a Hardees. But the point is, at a moment when the public is protesting police, and the police need to rebuild trust, the entire department lied. Cops lie. They lie to cover their ass. They lie to cover each other’s asses. They lie to nail your ass.

It’s also extremely difficult to prosecute police not to mention how hard it is to get a cop to arrest a cop.  As it’s been noted and obvious to everyone except police and Republicans, the only way to get the ball rolling to prosecute a cop is to catch a cop breaking the law on tape. How many days did it take for the police to arrest and charge George Floyd’s killer? How many more days to charge his accomplices? The police record almost everything they do (they’re supposed to anyway), but we have yet to see the police’s tape from the George Floyd case.

So what does it mean to defund the police? Does it mean to cut their funding, restructure the department, or to actually eliminate the entire department?

In Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed, it means getting rid of the entire department. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

The group MPD150, which says it is “working towards a police-free Minneapolis,” argues that defunding would be more about “strategically reallocating resources, funding, and responsibility away from police and toward community-based models of safety, support, and prevention.” So, who ya’ gonna call if someone breaks in? Ghostbusters? What if all the NRA gun nuts who took one shooting class start acting as vigilantes when they’re not marching about how much they need haircuts? You saw what happened when those two white right-wing racists in Georgia tried a citizens arrest on Ahmaud Arbery.

The main problem is the slogan, “Defund the police.” “Restructure the police department and reallocate resources to more proper agencies” just isn’t as catchy, even if liberals are more capable than Republicans with handling chants longer than three syllables.

Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, said she’s not in favor of eliminating police departments, but cities and states need to look at how they’re spending their resources and probably invest more in their communities. She said, “Maybe this is an opportunity to re-envision public safety.”

Right now, there is momentum to restructure the nation’s police forces. Everyone knows, even Republicans, that the nation’s police forces are corrupt. Yes, they are corrupt. When you have just one bad cop on a force and the entire department allows him to stay, you have a corrupt police force. If 19 good cops cover for one bad cop, you have 20 bad cops. In case you’re a Republican, 19 + 1 = 20.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would move funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,  but he didn’t say how. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to cut as much as $150 million that was part of a planned increase in the police department’s budget.

Trump is using this to help portray himself as the “law and order” candidate, despite being the same guy who calls FBI agents “human scum,” attacks law enforcement agents who investigate suspected Russian spies, ruined the lives and careers of agents for his political ambitions and petty insecurities, and has literally broken the law by asking for foreign governments to help his reelection campaign. Yes, he did all that.

Plus, the guy promising us he’s the “law and order” candidate is a huge racist. Sheriff Buford T. Justice wouldn’t want to be aligned with this guy. Yes, the nation’s police unions, who create super PACs for Republicans, are totally in bed with Donald Trump, who told police they shouldn’t be “too nice” when arresting brown suspects. Donald Trump has literally encouraged police to engage in police brutality. How did the police in attendance react? They laughed and applauded. Again, cop culture is corrupt.

The LAPD union representative said, “Cutting the LAPD budget means longer responses to 911 emergency calls, officers calling for back-up won’t get it, and rape, murder, and assault investigations won’t occur or will take forever to initiate, let alone complete.” So basically, the cops will respond slower to the neighborhoods they don’t patrol anyway and suspects will be prosecuted almost as slowly as bad cops are prosecuted.

As we know from history, the Democratic Party’s biggest obstacle to winning a presidential election is the Democratic Party. The Democrats will defeat themselves before Donald Trump will. Right now, it looks like Joe Biden, who said he’s against defunding the police, is on his way to a historic landslide in the presidential election. And, the Democratic Party only has to defeat a stupid racist who lost over 40 million jobs, over 100,000 lives, and the nation’s respect and credibility on the international stage. So, yeah…Democrats should be terrified.

I know the socialist Democrats are passionate to the point they don’t really care about winning elections. You want change and you want it now, damn the politics of it. But you need the politics to get what you want. It’s like saying, “Fuck it, I’m voting third party” then not understanding why you don’t see any liberal change after getting Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Should we defund the police? Yes, to a point. Should we eliminate police departments? No, but we should tear them apart and rebuild. But before we can do any of that, we have to get rid of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. What I don’t understand is why that is so hard for the Bernie Bros to understand. It’s like a four-syllable chant to Republicans…or math. They can’t do it.

Before we can restructure the Po-Po, we have to get rid of the orange Ho-Ho.

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