Americans are deeply troubled by the sadistic killing of George Floyd, but they’re also worried about the nationwide protests. According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey, 80 percent of those who were polled think the country is spiraling out of control. This is an unsustainable situation. People want justice for Mr Floyd, but they also want an end to the turmoil. How will this will play out politically? No one knows for sure, but it’s clear that the progressive push to “defund the police” is only throwing more gas on the fire.
“Defunding the police” is not an issue the Democratic Party supports, in fact, they’d like to sweep the whole thing under the rug pronto. But grassroots activists are not that easily placated. They’re not interested in the Democrat’s half-loaf reforms, they want a whole new system that eliminates traditional policing altogether. They want to revolutionize the way that communities deal with public safety issues even if it puts citizens at greater risk. Check out this brief exchange between the president of Minneapolis’s City Council, Lisa Bender, and CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday:
Cuomo– “When you say you see someday being police-free that sounds aspirational, a utopian concept where nobody’s committing any crime, because as long as these communities are being preyed upon, both from within and without, there’s gonna have to be good men and women willing to step up to keep people safe.”
Lisa Bender– “I think the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational, and I am willing to stand with community members who are asking us to think of that as the goal. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers about what a police-free future looks like, but our community does. We’re committed to engaging with every willing community member in the city of Minneapolis over the next year to identify what safety looks like for you.” (CNN)