White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has actually argued that the defund the police movement is being driven by Republicans not the Democrats.
Psaki suggested said that the lack of support on the right for Biden’s massive Covid relief bill equated to wanting to defund law enforcement, in an exchange with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy
Summit News reports: Republicans didn’t vote for the bill because it had nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with more government control.
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Psaki used the fact that there was some slated funding for ‘community policing’ in the bill to argue that Republicans are against funding the police.
In reality, it is Democrats that have been pushing defunding police for over a year now, which has had devastating effect on Democrat run cities.
Last year after unrest and violence targeting police, Harvard university Professor Roland Fryer urged that defunding the police would cause more loss of life, citing figures showing that there are “450 excess homicides per year” when police are not able to do their jobs proficiently.
“Defunding the police is not a solution and could cost thousands of black lives,” professor Fryer wrote in an email to the College Fix.
Fryer has recently authored a research paper titled “Policing the Police: The Impact of “Pattern-or-Practice Investigations on Crime,” noting that police are less present when ‘viral incidents’ occur, meaning crime, including homicides increase… a lot.
Last year it was reported by the New York Times that Gun violence is up 358% in New York City since June 2019 as police are being stripped of resources in Democrat run cities nationwide.
The explosion in gun violence dovetailed with the disbanding of NYPD anti-crime units, a decision that meant around 600 plainclothes officers were taken off targeted raids and reassigned.
In addition, Democrat imposed “reforms” have meant that around 40% of people arrested on gun possession charges were released without bail in 2019.
Figures also show that other Democrat run cities including Chicago and Minneapolis have experienced a massive uptick in gun violence.
Despite the crime spike, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to replace the police department with a “community-led public safety system.”
Meanwhile, the radical leftists and Democrats who are pushing the movement think nothing of hiring their own armed security while everyday Americans are left at the mercy of criminality.