Nationwide protests in the wake of the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by Minneapolis police reached a new level when far-left activists began calling for the complete abolition of local law enforcement — a demand summed up in the oft-repeated slogan “defund the police.”
But though some progressives have embraced the movement, not all elected Democrats are on board with the idea. According to the Washington Examiner, Democrat California Rep. Karen Bass flipped the script on Monday when she asserted that the idea of defunding the police makes for “one of the worst slogans ever.”
Not a fan
According to the Examiner, Bass, who is chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, participated in a forum Monday hosted by The Washington Post, where she discussed various proposals from House Democrats to address police misconduct and reform.
When the topic of defunding the police came up in the conversation, Bass said curtly: “I told some friends that’s probably one of the worst slogans ever.”
The congresswoman went to explain that, far too often, our society has expected police officers to serve a dual purpose: both as law enforcement and as social workers.
She suggested that reform efforts need to be focused on remedying that predicament, rather than getting rid of the police altogether.
Not the time
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Rep. Bass has expressed her opposition to the “defund the police” movement. The congresswoman addressed the issue during an interview on Friday with local Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV.
“No, I don’t think it’s time to defund the police,” Bass reportedly said, pointing instead to a budgetary imbalance at all levels.
She explained: “What has happened over the years is that we have not invested properly in the proper balance, when we don’t invest in society and address the problem, then the police officers are left to pick up the pieces, and that’s wrong.”
Not in Minneapolis
While Rep. Bass has now spoken out against the movement to “defund the police” — as has presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Examiner noted — the Daily Caller reported Monday that the city council in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, had voted to “dismantle” the city’s police force and replace it with an unspecified “community-based public safety model.”
How that will actually work remains to be seen. But despite those unknowns, other municipalities, such as Los Angeles and New York City, have begun to head down that same route.
Only time will tell if Dems like Bass and Biden will continue to stand their ground as the progressive mob continues to make headway.