America’s top cop has emerged as a desperately needed voice of reason amid the protests and rioting sweeping the nation.
Attorney General Bill Barr blasted attempts from the left to “demonize” police and declared his opposition to growing efforts to defund or eliminate deparments, as the Washington Examiner reports.
“Dangerous to demonize”
Barr sat down for an interview with Fox News Monday and said, “Today, the police chiefs, the rank-and-file officers, understand the need for change, and there has been great change. And I think defunding the police, holding the entire police structure responsible for the actions of certain officers is wrong, and I think it’s dangerous to demonize police.”
Law enforcement professionals at all levels have taken the brunt of the outrage that followed the death of George Floyd while under arrest in Minneapolis late last month.
Protestors have hurled verbal abuse at officers on the street and have even encouraged violence against those charged with protecting their communities. Tensions between police and demonstrators have reached a fever pitch that shows little sign of abating.
Barr’s defense of police came as the Minneapolis City Council pledged to begin the process of disbanding the city’s police force and to essentially become the latest testing ground for the radical idea.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said, “We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe.”
Bender provided no further insight, though, on precisely how the community will stay safe without a police department available to respond to criminal activity in the city.
Movement gains steam
The Black Lives Matter organization issued a statement in which its leadership explained its position, saying, “We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive but thrive.”
The recent surge in enthusiasm among protestors has seemingly encouraged Black Lives Matter to go all-in on the notion of defunding police, making demands of mayors in every corner of the country.
What used to be a pipedream is now being taken by far too many as a serious policy proposal.
Despite the fervor with which the defunding movement has gained steam on the left in recent days, even presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his party’s leaders in Congress realize that the concept is a non-starter with most of the American electorate and are gingerly attempting to distance themselves from it, according to The Hill.