According to police abolitionists, not getting robbed is now white privilege and must be DESTROYED
If ever there was an image that exemplified the worst excesses of American police brutality, it was that of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin choking the life out of George Floyd over nearly nine agonizing minutes last month. As rioters burned, looted, and murdered in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, the American left demanded not just reform, but the defunding or abolition of police departments.Also on rt.com Reckless Twitter hashtag or serious future policy? US cops give RT their views on ‘defund the police’ campaign
Some officials have pushed incremental change. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, for instance, said on Sunday that he’ll reallocate some police funding towards youth and social services. Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti said last week that he’ll slash the LAPD’s budget by $150 million. But Minneapolis City Council went the furthest, voting to “disband” the city’s police department and “end policing as we know it.”
The question on many people’s lips was asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Monday: “What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?”
City Council President Lisa Bender didn’t beat around the bush, telling Camerota that calling the police is an act of white privilege, and that once the police are disbanded, the privileged will finally get a taste of the violence that plagues the ghetto.
CAMEROTA: "What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?"BENDER: "Yes, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege." pic.twitter.com/WhubQ9yJIf— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 8, 2020
“I know that comes from a place of privilege. For those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to stop and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality, where calling the police may mean more harm is done,” Bender explained, as Camerota gawped at the beast her network had birthed.
So you’re on your own. The mask is off, and Bender and her ilk don’t care if your door is kicked down by a home invader. Safety is less important than you, the privileged white citizen, getting your just desserts.
Neither she nor her council colleagues have suggested what kind of organization could replace the city’s cops, but MPD150, a Minneapolis group dedicated to the complete abolition of police, has. Rather than “strangers armed with guns,” MPD150 recommends that mental health providers, social workers and “victim advocates” could be dispatched instead of the boys in blue.
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Carnage on the streets
Proactive policing, which involved the “systematic and aggressive enforcement” of laws in problem neighborhoods, a constant street presence, as well as engagement between cops and citizens, worked to dramatically slash crime rates in America’s inner cities in the 1990s.
Yet as ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters marched on the streets of Chicago this weekend, they hung banners demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot defund the Chicago PD. Simultaneously, five people were shot dead and 30 others injured in a spree of gun violence in the city’s predominantly black south and west sides. One week earlier, the city marked its most violent weekend of 2020, with 85 people shot across the city, 24 fatally.
Chicago’s murder rate has nearly doubled since 2016, eclipsing New York and Los Angeles combined. It’s likely no coincidence that the city signed a “consent decree” with the American Civil Liberties Union the year before to end ‘stop and frisk’ searches. Now imagine replacing the city’s already neutered police with social workers and outreach teams.
This is what the likes of Bender want, and the outcome is predictable.
“Law and Order: Social Workers Unit” is what Minneapolis has decided on in the aftermath of riots, and it’s really not going to end well— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) June 8, 2020
New York in the 1970s was described by the city’s police department as “Fear City.” It teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, and after 5,000 NYPD officers and 14,000 other city workers were laid off in 1975, the economic engine of the western world descended into anarchy. Visitors were advised by the NYPD to “stay off the streets after 6pm,” not to walk, not to ride the subway, and under no circumstances to venture beyond Manhattan, as the city’s black boroughs had been gutted by arson and looting, and resembled warzones.
Large tracts of the city wouldn’t become inhabitable again until Mayor Rudy Giuliani led an iron-fisted crackdown on crime in the 1990s, finally driving New York’s crime rate below the national average in 1999.
Abolishing the police sounds like a great idea when you’re hopped up on Antifa agitprop and outraged by a killing as senseless as Floyd’s. But the consequences are dire.
The same liberals who call for such a move generally champion aggressive gun control measures. Yet when the police don’t come, people are left with no option but to arm up and defend themselves, as residents of suburban Seattle did during the recent riots, and as the ‘Roof Koreans’ did in Los Angeles in 1992.
Sherman oaks and Van Nuys might want to call in some Roof Koreans... pic.twitter.com/8PSzYZYMzF— dray (@dray24574721) June 1, 2020
Of course, none of this may come to pass. Police unions are still America’s most powerful labor organizations, and they’ll fight any reform tooth and nail. Yet the fact that an elected official feels comfortable saying on CNN what even a lefty college professor would consider nutty a few years ago is an indication of how far the discourse has shifted.
It’s also a powerful reminder that, as civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “when someone shows you who they are,” you should “believe them the first time,” and decide whether you want to entrust your safety to a squadron of BLM-approved social workers, or to the cold steel of an AR-15.
Because that’s the choice that awaits if the abolitionists get their way.
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