This plan is the latest in a long line of President Biden’s call to “save the police” was condemned. He has repeatedly reiterated his commitment to law enforcement and funding legislation. These calls haven’t stopped Republicans from lying by saying that President Biden supports defunding the police, as Sen. Chuck Grassley has shown. On January 21 of this year he wrote in a letter along with other Republican senators.
I believe President Biden’s statement and intention to fund the police is sincere. Democratic mayors have also rejected Defunding the police, and increased funding instead. It is as much a political decision as it is a values-based decision. The political calculation is that if they support and fund the police, they will avoid the soft-on-crime rhetoric and anti-police label while avoiding being targeted by powerful police unions. Not only will there be funding Police do not make us safeBut that won’t protect Democrats from being politically targeted.
No matter where you stand on “saving the police,” this should concern you. Law enforcement propaganda has done an excellent job of convincing Americans that the police make us safer, squandering this investment. The police do not protect poor area from violence, especially blacks and browns; This is not the result of insufficient funding, but rather the result of elections. When it comes to sexual violence, the police do a particularly poor job of solving crimes and assisting victims. According to the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN), two Three sexual assaults go unreported, and 97% of perpetrators go free. There are many reasons why sexual violence goes unreported; There is a mountain of evidence as to how Police mistreat victims of sexual violence.
Beyond violent crimes, Most crimes go unreportedAnd most reported crimes go unsolved — and they’re getting worse. Prospect.org reports:
“In the case of murder and violent crimes, clearance rates have fallen to just 50 percent, a staggering drop from the 1980s, when police cleared 70 percent of all homicides.”
People want quick action on crime and believe that the police take time rather than investing in tackling the root causes. I would argue that this is a misconception; This is an argument provided without any evidence. Training other officers also takes time; This is not a quick fix. I would argue that too Solve the root cause Can affect crime immediately. solution from Housing renovation, Housing-first modelMental health, good paying jobs, community programs, Wrap-around services, Direct financial assistanceAnd others don’t take long to implement and have immediate effects, not 10 years from now.
Overinvesting in the police is a policy failure; It is a failure to invest in housing, education, economic security, health care, and communities. It papers on social problems with guns and concrete prison cells. It is an illusion of security without making us safe. But this investment in American law enforcement should really scare you.
A large investment in the police is an investment well in an institution Infiltrated by right-wing extremism and a place of right-wing extremism itself.. Big portions Law enforcement supports the ongoing insurgency against the US government, and there are many examples. In 2020 the Fraternal Order of Police, America’s largest police union, has supported President Donald Trump. This was his first presidential election endorsement in its history. And Chicago Police Union Even defended the 6th January rebellion.
Off-duty and former law enforcement officers participated and were Charged in January 6. rebellion. Former DC Police Officer Michael Fanon–Who voted for Trump in 2016–After January 6, he was removed from law enforcement, saying, “I no longer felt I could trust my fellow officers.“
There is a mountain of evidence that police are radicalized in this country; The list below is a little more flavor of how deep the crisis is:
From Reuters on a law enforcement trainer: Richard “Whitehead [who trains police officers] was listed in a database of members of Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government group, leaked in September by the nonprofit Distributed Denial of Secrets, which it says aims to publish data in the public interest. have to do The list of members included about 15 other people who identified themselves as law enforcement trainers.
From the Brennan Center for Justice: “The FBI’s 2015 Counterterrorism Policy, which [Michael] McGarity [the FBI’s assistant director for counterterrorism] was responsible for enforcement, does not indicate that members of law enforcement may hold white supremacist views, but FBI domestic terrorism investigations have often identified “active connections” between the subjects of these investigations and law enforcement officers. “
From NPR: “An investigation by NPR and WNYC/Gothamist shows active officers on the Oath Keepers membership roster in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, with Chicago showing the largest representation of the three.”
From vice: “A former Marine accused of being in a neo-Nazi group called a “rapecraig” and planning to attack a synagogue had a New York police officer buy an assault rifle for him, federal prosecutors allege. is.”
Investigative reporting from Reveal News delves deeper into the relationship: The multi-series report is eye-opening. “In Watkins Glen, New York, Sgt. in Charge Steven Decker declined to talk about the fact that one of his officers, Robert Brill, was involved with the Proud Boys, a violent alt-right gang, and the group named for the cake “Kekistani Freestate. “was a member of two groups associated with, a kind of deity employed by the alt-right for memes and other jokes.”
Investing billions in recruiting and training more officials in an already broken system will continue to undermine democracy and expand the reach of fascism. You may not agree with the slogan, but you don’t have to undermine its point. By refusing to engage with the idea of honestly defunding the police, the public has empowered the police to pressure politicians who do not support investing in them. We can sue the slogan or engage with the fundamental problem of policing in this country that continues to be militarized, tightening its grip on American cities and city budgets.
If you’re worried about how others will respond, join them in helping them understand what “defund” means and the crisis our law enforcement agencies face. Remember when “Black Lives Matter” was controversial to many non-Black people? And what happened? Many people decided to engage with people on what it means and why the word is not leaving others. At one point, many well-meaning moderates and white liberals will say, “All lives matter.” Now the only people who use this word are associated with fascism.
Do the same here: Some strategies may lean into emotion first before using facts. You can ask people when they feel safest or what makes them feel safest. Talk about times when you feel safe, such as, “I know that I feel safest when I have a place to sleep every night, a good job, and knowing that my community have resources that prevent people from being seduced by despair.” Help people imagine feelings of safety and describe all feelings that don’t involve the police.
You might ask how fascists would feel if law enforcement infiltrated the area. Remove the evidence of this intrusion by digging into the emotions. Then talk about all the things outside of the police that improve public safety, how we can do these things now, and how it will cost less as taxpayers. After all this, you can find out how the police are not ready to do their jobs.
Pearl clutching on “defund the police” will not solve the fundamental problem of funding an institution that is actively undermining democracy while not even doing what they claim to be doing. As long as the trial continues, President Biden and other Democrats will kneel before law enforcement, continue to build their ever-strengthening budgets, and fail to invest in initiatives that make communities, community connections, and actions real. make safe in .
Whose side is the police on if you need a last resort? Just look at how the police responded to peaceful protests for abortion rights. Shouldn’t we be able to come together in peace, Resisting those in charge without fear of violent retaliation? I believe it’s written somewhere…or maybe I’m wrong.
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