Donald Trump Jr. offered a solution to the politicians who want to defund the police in light of the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In a tweet, Trump Jr. said:
We all want to stop police brutality, but cutting funding to police departments like so many Dems want to do doesn’t stop abuses, it just makes communities (particularly impoverished communities) less safe.
Will those same anti-cop Dems call for their security details to be cut?
This past weekend the 9 out of 13 members of the Minneapolis City Council announced they planned to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.
Nine members constitute a veto-proof majority of the City Council so their plan will be imposed.
We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together.
We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.
It’s really past due. https://t.co/7WIxUL6W79
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) June 4, 2020
Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have also been supportive of the movement.
According to The NY Post:
“Well, we’ve had a black president, we’ve had a Congressional Black Caucus, we’ve had black mayors, we’ve had black governors, and we’ve had black city councilmembers, we’ve had black police chiefs, yet we are still getting killed, brutalized, surveilled, mass incarcerated, and we are still having conversations with our children on how to have a conversation with the people that are supposed to protect and serve them so that those people don’t in return kill them,” Omar said during a rally in Minneapolis on Saturday, according to the Washington Sentinel. “I am with you, I am tired.”
Protesters and members of Black Lives Matter have chanted “defund the police”during the nationwide demonstrations over Floyd’s death on May 25.
“We need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Because here’s the thing, there’s a cancer,” she said, continuing that amputation is needed so it doesn’t spread.
Politico quoted Ocasio-Cortez as saying “It is not crazy for black and brown communities to want what white people have already given themselves and that is funding your schools more than you fund criminalizing your own kids.”
Both members of Congress work out of a congressional office building which is highly secured and guarded by the Capitol Police. The entire United States Capitol Police budget is $460 million annually.