Mayors from major cities across the U.S. have already announced plans to defund police departments in order to appease protesters that are under the delusion that there is a “massive and systemic campaign of police violence against the black people in this country,” Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” said Monday.
“That is a lie,” he said.
Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, announced plans to slash the LAPD budget by up to $150 million in order to increase funding for disadvantaged communities. A leader of the Black Lives Movement told a reporter at the Los Angeles Times that the cut does not go far enough.
Garcetti’s announcement was followed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced Sunday that he intends to cut funding for the NYPD, which the New York Times reported has an annual budget of $6 billion. The paper pointed out that he did not indicate how much he would cut.
Perhaps the most drastic steps are taking place in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died in police custody and which is seen as the epicenter of the protests. Nine members of the city council have spoken out in favor of replacing the department with a community-based public safety model, according to Fox 9. The nine votes mean there is a veto-proof supermajority. A public vote would likely still need to take place.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., called on defunding and dismantling the police department that she said is “rotten to the root.”
“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 on Saturday, according to the Washington Sentinel “I am with you, I am tired.”
Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been under fire over his perceived soft reaction to protests said he does not support abolishing the police department.
“It’s just amazing how quickly this narrative has changed,” Sexton said. “We’ve gone from cheering our first responders, including cops, to demonizing cops and being told that we don’t need them anymore. The only thing that could do this is a mass mobilization of the left, the Democrat Party, and say these are Democrats. These are Democrats who are destroying cities. These are Democrats who are calling cops racist murderers. These are Democrats who want to disband police departments.”