The New York Times has run an opinion column by Mariame Kaba denouncing efforts by Democratic leaders and the media to try to spin the call for defunding the police as just a reallocation of funds and a new set of priorities and a new structure for policing. Kaba wrote “Yes, we mean literally abolish the police.”
That opinion piece follows a warning by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that Democrats and others trying to “repackage” the push to “Defund the Police” Notably, while the New York Times apologized for publishing an opinion piece by a ranking U.S. Senator on the use of federal troops to quell rioting, it has now problem with publishing a column calling for the abolishment of police. As discussed earlier, this is a movement that is moving rapidly to the left and repackaging is now considered counter-revolutionary.
Kaba states what people in the streets has been saying (including rallies chanting “no more cops”) even as some in the media has mocked those who claimed that “defund the police” could actually mean defunding the police or that “dismantle the police” could actually means dismantling the police. Indeed, recently Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that people who are concerned about their personal safety after defunding police are simply speaking “from a place of privilege.”
Kaba rejects “liberal reforms” from congressional Democrats and Joe Biden including calls for cracking down on police misconduct or ordering reforms:
“Enough. We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the police.”
She states that police have always been a “force of violence against black people” dating back to slavery. At a minimum, Kaba wants police cut “in half” because “fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people.” For this reason, Kaba explains “We don’t want to just close police departments. We want to make them obsolete.”
She is not alone in this backlash. Seattle Council Member and Socialist Kshama Sawant just called for people “to fight against the reactionary agenda.”She has attacked the “Democratic establishment.”
“At the same time we have to hold the establishments in various cities accountable. This violence against the peaceful protest movement on Capitol Hill was carried out by Mayor Jenny Durkan. And that’s why it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of people in Seattle are calling for her resignation because they reject police violence, they reject police brutality and we want a society that is based on equality and cooperation
….as far as things going awry, I can tell you the only thing that went awry day after day after day since the first protest on May 30th was the police under orders by the Democratic Party establishment and the Mayor Durkan, it was the police making things going awry.”
The disconnect is widening between what actual activists are saying and what the media is reporting and Democratic leaders are hearing. For example, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms assured people that the slogan is simply a “simplified message. . . but I think the overarching thing is that people want to see a reallocation of resources into community development and alternatives to just criminalizing.” That sounds a bit different from “no more cops” and demands to “dismantle the police” heard in these rallies:
As discussed earlier, Democratic leaders have been trying to tap into the energy and numbers of the antifascist movement for years despite its anti-free speech and sometimes violent record. It is now struggling to control this careening movement by simply refashioning its demands in a more a new image.
You see what happens when the democrats are caught hijacking a movement, even one from anarchist bowels?
I need to go out and buy 4.5 years of popcorn to watch the Democrats further implode.
Will the anarchists attacking the police and only then getting a violent response come off the cutting room floor at MSLSD and CNN?
you have to realize one is dealing with rancid douche bag mentality. mariame kaba has got her head up hr ass and has not done her homework. most mid size towns and rural areas are understaffed. in small town the local sheriff works until
1800 hr than the state police provide enforcement for the village or small towns. a rural area response time is 15 min. so what happens with this idiot needs the police-call Ghostbusters. the woke, infantile mentality is beyond stupidity. the bad part of her writing is that she is not responsible for individuals acting on her opinion; unlike the gun manufacturers.
Democrat policies such as abolishing police finally show us how far they’ve fell from being a viable political party and now just a “one-party state solution”.
No cops, no law. No law, no Constitution.
That has always been the goal. Obama even said it, to fundamentally transform America.
Cops stand in the way of that.
There’s a 1 hr 30 min police chest cam video out covering the interaction with Rayshard Brooks.
Pretty clear there’s been plenty of SPIN by the BLM lawyers for his family.
He was friendly, outgoing and cooperative with police for over 20 minutes as the camera’d cop checked his sobriety.
(How many times did he have to “follow my finger without moving your head,” before police realized he was NOT drunk, he was high?)
Then more tests and more.
Finally, instead of allowing him to walk while they confiscated his car, they ordered him to put his hands behind his back and be taken under arrest.
That was when he lost his nice demeanor.
He fought off two police, wrestled away one cop’s taser then fled.
He was tased twice and turned and tased back (but up into the air). Scan down for the taser videos. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/14/us/videos-rayshard-brooks-shooting-atlanta-police.html
He was shot three times in the back supposedly after he’d tried to tase one of the cops.
The police camera had been thrown to the ground.
Also we didn’t see the police ILLEGALLY pick up all of their spent cartridges.
We only know they did after other cops arrived.
Basically, the police harassed a stoned man for no good reason.
They put him on his last nerve.
Then they killed him.
We have a nation of stupid cops (IQ of 104 on average) https://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836 who are protected by a very strong union.
Bad, dumb cops are kept on the payrolls in rubber rooms unless it becomes all hands on deck.
Well, lately it has been all hands on deck.
What was it they said about Stupid People in Large Numbers ? the Defund the Police,Abolish the Police are those Stupid People in Large Numbers yes the Stupid Jackass Party