Minnesota Rep. Rashida Tlaib appeared to call not only for defunding the police, but for an end to all policing itself - as well as the abolishing of jails and prisons and the entire military - in an embarrassingly ignorant and totally self-unaware tweet late Monday night.
The socialist “Squad” member, known for making inflammatory statements for clicks that actually make no logical sense in practice, took to social media to blast “policing” in America as “inherently and intentionally racist” following the death of Daunte Wright, a black man who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on April 11 after a female officer attempted to use her Taser on him and grabbed her gun instead, allegedly by accident. According to graphic police body cam footage from the scene, Wright sped off in the car after being shot, only to crash moments later. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
But according to Tlaib, the incident "wasn't an accident," but rather "government funded murder" that justifies an end to all the nation's police, jails, and military.
"It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist," Tlaib ranted. "Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
But before she rushes to strip all police of their badges and completely dismantle law enforcement from coast to coast, perhaps someone should remind Tlaib of what's already happened in cities that have simply cut their police budgets - and how their residents have fared.
In Minneapolis, the city council stripped $1 and a half million dollars in funding from the Minneapolis police department. And then, shocking exactly no one with an IQ over about 27, assaults, robberies, and homicides rose more than 20%. Things got so bad, residents started showing up to city council meetings and complaining that the cops weren’t doing enough to protect their neighborhoods.
In New York City, while Mayor Bill de Blasio was cutting $1 billion from the NYPD, murders in the Big Apple went up 40%, including 1-year-old boy shot at a barbecue and a 29-year-old father shot as he walked across a street in broad daylight holding his 6-year-old daughter’s hand.
LA County was recently forced to put $36 million back into their police department after there was a 34% spike in homicides and a 35% increase in gun crimes – in one of the places with the toughest gun control laws in the country. That happened after LA city officials cut $150 million from the LAPD and voters approved 10 percent of the city’s general fund for non-police public safety efforts, all because Black Lives Matter pitched a fit.
In Chicago, murders jumped 50% in 2020, the same year Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushed a spending plan that cut the police department’s budget by about $59 million.
But I'm sure Tlaib has no problem leaving millions of urban citizens at the mercy of crime, gangs and drug lords - after all, she goes to work surrounded by Capitol police and the U.S. National Guard every day.