“Defund the Police,” Says New Radical Congressman From New York
Speaking out in the wake of the Justice’s Department’s announcement that officers will not be charged in the 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, incoming congressman Jamaal Bowman of New York reiterated calls to “defund the police.” Bowman, who is often spoken about as one of the newest potential members of the House’s so-called “Squad” of radical Democrats, said that it’s up to racial activists in elected office to stand up against injustice.
“We’re fighting in your memory, Tamir,” Bowman tweeted. “You won’t be forgotten.”
He continued: “A system this cruel and inhumane can’t be reformed. Defund the police, and defund the system that’s terrorizing our communities.”
Rice’s shooting death was one of the initial sparks behind the Black Lives Matter movement. At only 12 years of age, he was spotted playing in a park by someone who reported to police that a “guy” was pointing a gun at random people. While the caller noted to police dispatchers that it was entirely possible that the individual in question was a child and that the gun might have been a fake, this information was not given to responding officers. Upon arriving, the officers instructed Rice to show his hands; when Rice reached for the gun instead, they opened fire.
The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
A tragedy by any estimation (including, we’re quite certain, in the eyes of the responding officers), Rice’s death immediately became much more than a moment for reflective grief. As in the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin, his death turned into a rallying cry for police reform. And now, six years later, those reformists have gone further in their radicalization, calling for the full-scale defunding and abolition of the police.
This is an idiotic and fruitless endgame, to be sure, which is why you will often hear liberals try to move the goalposts. “Defund,” they’ll say, doesn’t REALLY mean defund. It means take some money away from police departments and redirect it into social services. But when you actually talk to the grifters at the core of BLM (or people like Bowman who aren’t ashamed of their asinine beliefs), you’ll quickly find that defund means defund. Abolition means abolition. And when they use the term, ACAB, they damn well mean it.
It should disturb you that these people are now going to have power in Washington.