The protest slogan makes little sense….
The movement should be change the culture and push for accommodation between the police and those they are sworn to ‘protect and serve’….
Politician’s and government officials should not pander to crowds that push for something that are not in their best interests in the long run after they go home…
Sanders was the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, before going to Congress…..
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was skeptical in a New Yorker interview about the “defund the police” movement.
Said Sanders: “Do I think we should not have police departments in America? No, I don’t. There’s no city in the world that does not have police departments. What you need are—I didn’t call for more money for police departments. I called for police departments that have well-educated, well-trained, well-paid professionals. And, too often around this country right now, you have police officers who take the job at very low payment, don’t have much education, don’t have much training—and I want to change that.”
He added: “I think we want to redefine what police departments do, give them the support they need to make their jobs better defined. So I do believe that we need well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments. Anyone who thinks that we should abolish all police departments in America, I don’t agree.”
Sanders and Biden are receiving support from other Democrats ass they move to shut down the effort to use the action as a rallying cry for the left that could cause Democrats political damage come the fall and is actually pretty stupid….
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are quickly shutting down calls to defund police departments as the party grapples with how to respond to demands for reforms in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The idea is splintering black activists and some prominent progressive lawmakers from Biden and top congressional Democrats while providing fodder for national Republicans, who are quickly mobilizing to use it as the latest example of Democrats moving to the left in the lead up to November.
A spokesman for Biden’s campaign said Monday that the former vice president “hears and shares the deep grief and frustration” of those calling for reform, but that he “does not believe that police should be defunded.”
Later, Biden made his position clear in an interview with CBS.
“No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness,” he said.
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were adopting a similar position…