George Floyd’s death has recently galvanized the majority of America to move the needle towards the idea of Police Reform. One such idea is defunding the police. In the past, such an idea would be considered a radical idea, but today, people are actually contemplating it.
Now, you need to understand what defunding the police actually means. This particular term refers to reallocating or redirecting the funding away from the police department to another government agency which is funded by the local municipality. Defunding doesn’t mean abolishing the police department or throwing away the concept of law and order. When someone says defunding, it means they want to see the same old tree chopped off and fresh roots planted anew. It is a reformation of the police department.
When we talk about defunding the police, the first name that pops up into our minds is US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has recently proposed the idea of cutting the budget of the New York City Police Department.
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” said the congresswoman in her statement.
It was quite a bold statement!
The progressives and democrats of the establishment have already debated over her Defund The Police statement. Some people argued that this term should not be taken in a literal sense because it stands to police reforms only.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, has already released a bill proposing to cut $1 million from the total budget of $6 million for the NYPD.
Recently in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany raised her voice against the comment made by Congresswoman AOC.
Chanel, a reporter, asked a very crucial question to Ms. McEnany: “ The President has stated in the past that he will not tolerate defunding police, and he said this multiple times. Considering that many Democrat-led cities have now done so — including New York City, as of this morning — what does ‘not tolerating this move’ look like from the President’s vantage at this time?”
With some choice words, Ms. McEnany intelligently destroyed AOC with her cut-throat standpoint.
She said, “Yeah, I mean, speaking out fervently against it. And what it means is — you know, this executive order gives additional funding to police departments if they meet certain standards.
“We want safe policing. We want to make sure that police officers are trained to de-escalate. That’s why there is this supplementary funding in the EO that incentivizes and rewards police departments that train their officers in de-escalation; that get rid of chokeholds, except when there’s an incident of lethal force.
“But, look, he stands firmly with America yet again on this, with 64% opposing defunding the police. That’s a huge number. Fifty-seven percent, according to another HuffPost/YouGov poll, stand against it.
“And, look, they — where America stands is here, where — we’re at a place where 64 percent of the nation are concerned that the growing criticism of America’s police will lead to a shortage of police officers. That will harm all Americans. It’s an untenable principle. And it’s unacceptable when you have people like Representative Ocasio-Cortez really suggesting where the Democrat Party stands today — because taking a billion away from NYPD police officers wasn’t enough for her. She wants to take it all away. She doesn’t want police officers. And that’s a really unacceptable proposition.”
Instead of standing on the podium denouncing the killings, lootings, and destruction of long-standing monuments, AOC left no stone unturned to defund the protectors of the nation. This is no less than defaming the people who always keep us protected and secured!