DE-FUNDING THE POLICE MEANS DEFENDING YOURSELVES
A second city in America has now empowered the criminal element wreaking havoc across the nation by issuing what is essentially a written “white flag of surrender.” The first was the result of the City Council of Seattle’s interference with the Police Department resulting in a public notice from the Chief of Police Carmen Best when she informed the people of Seattle that officers had “no ability to intercede to preserve property amid a large violent crowd safely.”
Of course, Seattle had already entirely ceded six city blocks for months to violent anarchists who occupied the area until the shootings of two and killing of one young Black teen forced Police to intercede and clear the streets. Now, in an even more unabashed capitulation to violent criminals, the city of Minneapolis Chief of Police, Medaria Arrandondo announced the city “Leadership” response to the spiraling rise in violent crime in a letter to residents advising them to cooperate with criminals and “Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet” and “do as they say.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that. “You’re on your own.”
It should come as no surprise that Minneapolis is the epicenter of the “defund/dismantle” the police political agenda. Even as the murder rate has risen by 95%, shootings occurring so often that many are not even reported. 500 million dollars in property destruction, and more than 1500 businesses destroyed in the last few months, the radical City Council charges blindly forward. When asked during a national tv interview, who citizens should call for help when someone was breaking into their home if the Police were disbanded, City Council President Lisa Bender replied in a now-viral video that the question “comes from a place of privilege.” The arrogance of such a reply is only overshadowed by callousness.
Lost in all of the “wokeness” of the efforts in Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and New York, among others, to “defund” or “dismantle” Law Enforcement, is the most critical component of the Criminal Justice System. I have yet to hear one conversation from a politician or an “activist” from any of the organizations demanding social change (aka dismantling Police and the emptying of prisons) concerning the most vulnerable and underserved person affected by crime….the victim.
No cop who has gazed into the eyes of a violent rape victim or a child who has been abused or a parent who has just heard the news that their child is never coming home forgets those burning images. It is what drives them to serve even when their leadership insults and demeans them. The media smears them as “racist” and “brutal” because they know that the reality is that there will be more victims, more broken children, and more haunted eyes without them.
The hypocrisy of elected officials such as Bill DeBlasio, Ted Wheeler, Jenny Durkan, and Lisa Bender as they pontificate about safeguarding the “rights of citizens” is that they not only allow but encourage lawlessness, and thus create an entirely different class of victims. State-sponsored victims who are virtually ignored by the very same people claiming the moral high ground.
For every “statistic” quoted in news stories about the surging rates of murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and robbery since “bail reform” was enacted that lead also to the wholesale release of prisoners from jail and prison and the non-prosecution or under-prosecution by “activist” District Attorneys, there is a human victim behind it. A human being is shattered and bewildered as they try to understand how the very people that they elected to protect them had, in fact, unleashed a maelstrom of evil and violence into the same cities they swore to safeguard. What about their “rights”?
There is no perfect system of criminal justice, and there never will be. Systems are created and serviced by human beings. There will be failures in policing, failures in prosecution, failures in sentencing.
To continually strive to better our system of justice is not only necessary but welcomed by all, especially Law Enforcement Officers. But the reality is that when it comes down to policing and criminal justice, we bear witness to the death of reason. We see the radicalization of those who remain willfully uninformed or rely on questionable news sources that seemingly weaponize information to continue to stoke the flames of racial and social tensions.
Those same people then become participants in mob-think that turns many towards what has now become culturally accepted violence and lawlessness. The consequences will be grave and are just beginning to be felt. Skyrocketing crime, spiraling violence, public confidence in government eroded, diminishing numbers of Police Officers due to lack of retention, and diminished recruiting, to name a few.
The reality is this. Law Enforcement is NOT broken. Police “reform” is not only not necessary; it is “the shiny object” being used to distract from the genuine issues facing our cities. The Police are merely the “low hanging fruit” that agenda-driven politicians love to exploit. Even as each day brings more danger both physically and emotionally to those who serve in Law Enforcement, thousands of bravery acts, compassion, kindness, and empathy are performed daily. Yet, these acts are rarely noticed by anyone except the officer and those on the receiving end. I fully believe that the majority of the American people believe in them. It is time to stand up to those who degrade and devalue them and stand up for those who serve.