Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, has decided to capitulate to the massive crowds of rioters and looters in his fair city by opting to defund the police department, which has an annual budget of $6 million, and send the money toward social programs. He conveniently declined to mention which programs those would be.
Sounds like a great plan. Not like minority neighborhoods in the city need any sort of police protection from violent criminals or anything. They can afford to do without cops patrolling the streets. Really. It’s no big deal.
Here’s more on this from The Daily Wire:
“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” the mayor said on Sunday.
For over a week, protesters have crowded the streets of New York City amid a pandemic demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis, and others. Many of the protests have turned violent, forcing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call in National Guard units to supplement police officers and crack down on rioters and looters.
In all of the madness happening on de Blasio’s streets, hundreds of law enforcement officers have been injured while attempting to reign in the utter chaos committed by these dear fighters of racial equality. De Blasio doesn’t have a very good relationship with the cops as it is, and this announcement is certainly not going to improve that any.
Police officers once turned their backs on de Blasio when he attended a funeral for a slain cop who was assassinated while sitting in his cruiser back in July of 2017.
The head of the NY police captains’ union came down hard on elected officials — who were unnamed — for putting local cops in such a perilous situation.
Captains’ Endowment Association President Chris Monahan penned a letter on the topic saying, “They do not have your back and will use you as a political pawn! My assessment is ‘Hands off the protester/looter you will be assaulted by them. Hands on the protester/looter you will be assaulted by our elected officials.’ BE CAREFUL!”
Folks, this nonsense has to stop. What the cops did to George Floyd was wrong. We can easily acknowledge that. We can also acknowledge that police officers can sometimes get out of control and aren’t always to be so easily trusted. Just look at the way law enforcement officers treated Christians who attempted to attend church services during the lockdown.
However, that doesn’t mean all cops are bad. Far from it. Most of them are good, hard working citizens who put their lives on the line to help keep our communities safe. They deserve respect.
The bad cops should be punished. Investigations into police department conduct should be done to see if there is some sort of corruption within that specific department. Treat these cases individually, because that’s what they are.
For every one of these situations, there are millions of encounters where tragedies don’t happen. Let’s not forget that.