RedState: In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, the rallying cry at the protests happening across the country that often turned violent was “Defund the police!” Defunding the police has long been a goal of the radical leftist extremists in the official Black Lives Matter movement, along with the group’s more prominent supporters like admitted socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow “Squad” members in Congress.
In Minneapolis, the city where Floyd died after former officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, the Democrat-controlled city council rushed to vote to begin the process of dismantling the police in spite of the fact that parts of the city including a police precinct burned to the ground as rioters and other assorted left-wing mobs literally terrorized a local community and lit it on fire while police stood by helpless to stop them.
But though Black Lives Matter, AOC, and other high-profile Democrats have made it clear that no less than 100% defunding and abolishment of the police will do in their cities, there are Black leaders in Minneapolis who are putting the brakes on the whole idea for reasons up until this point were typically only mentioned by critics of the movement to defund police (bolded emphasis added):
“They have shown a complete disregard for the voices and perspectives of many members of the African American community,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney and former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. “We have not been consulted as the city makes its decisions, even though our community is the one most heavily impacted by both police violence and community violence.”
Others noted that it doesn’t make sense to defund the police, considering how leaders in the Black community trusted and could work closely with Medaria Arradondo, who is the city’s first Black police chief: MORE