McConnell criticizes ‘defund the Police’ movement as ‘one of the dumbest ideas ever popped up by anyone’
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell derided the idea of offloading the police as “one of the dumbest ideas ever surfaced by anyone” in the United States in a speech on Tuesday.
He stuck to his decision not to support the commission during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, saying it “isn’t necessary.”
McConnell spoke after a Memorial Day weekend of violence where cities like Houston, Miami and New Orleans saw a spate of homicides.
Three people were killed and 27 were shot dead in Chicago, there were 10 murders in Houston and a mass shooting outside a party hall in Miami left two dead and 23 others injured.
At an event about a federal anti-drug program in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Republican senator told an apparently friendly crowd, including law enforcement officers, that it had been a “really tough year for law enforcement,” while also disapproving of the “completely unwarranted.” abuse that he says they have struggled with.
“I’m a big believer in law enforcement across America. I think the abuse that law enforcement has engulfed in the past year is unfortunate,” McConnell said. “We need what you’re doing.”
McConnell told an apparently friendly crowd, including law enforcement officers, that it had been a ‘very rough year’ for them
He circled back to the anti-drug program as an example of why he says police are needed.
‘Drug abuse is certainly a disease, but there is also a law enforcement aspect to it. It’s damn important where they get it from and what we’re going to do about it. And so we can’t do it without you and we’re grateful to you,” he said.
“Defund the Police” has been a popular rallying cry among progressives and far-left activists at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin since the murder of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis.
Floyd’s death in May 2020 sparked national outcry and racial justice protests, occasionally marked by the destruction of private businesses and clashes between protesters and police in cities like Minneapolis, New York, and others.
‘Defund the Police’ has been a popular rallying cry among progressives and far-left activists since the murder of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin.
Subsequent and highly publicized murders of black Americans by the police fueled activists and the calls of some progressive lawmakers to relieve the police
Subsequent and widely publicized murders of black Americans by the police fueled activists and some progressive lawmakers called for police downgrading, though the idea did not catch on with mainstream Democrats such as President Joe Biden.
But despite their apparent reluctance to join far-left Democrats, moderates from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have criticized police forces for incidents of violence.
McConnell said Tuesday it is important for lawmakers to “make it absolutely clear, we respect law enforcement, we think you are essential to our country.”
“I hope that at some point these various cities across the country that are flirting with cutting law enforcement funding will sober up here,” he said.
And it seems they have — major cities, including New York City, Baltimore and Los Angeles, have backtracked on pledges to offload police forces.
Rising violent crime rates in the country’s major urban centers have forced mayors to reinstate or increase police funding that some had reallocated last year in a show of activism.
Major cities, including New York City, Baltimore and Los Angeles, have backtracked on pledges to relieve police forces
Of the country’s 20 largest police departments, submitted budgets for at least nine of them show requests to increase police funding by 1 to 6 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed course on a promised $1 billion cut to the NYPD, and now wants to allocate $92 million for a new district.
In Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott is asking for a $27 increase in police funding after he made efforts as a city councilor to cut the budget by $22 million.
Despite his unequivocal pledge to support law enforcement communities — including a stance against ending qualified immunity that has recently emerged among some House Democrats — McConnell insisted that a commission be called for to investigate why the Captiol Police Department was inundated on Jan. was outnumbered and without National Guard support hours were unnecessary.
“This is probably the most comprehensive Justice Department investigation in the history of the country currently underway – several people have been arrested, many will be prosecuted, no one is getting away with anything that was involved in the January Capitol incident.” the 6,” he said.
“As for not to happen again, changing our security plan, that is now done internally in the Senate by two different committees”
The Kentucky Republican also said he stands by everything he has said before about the incident, including convictions against former President Trump.
“I think we know everything we need to know – we were all witnesses, we were there when it happened, and I just don’t think the commission is needed,” he said.