Don’t Defund The Police; Fund And Defend Them
By Josh Crawford
Despite the media’s constant attention to the “defund the police” campaign, the movement remains extremely unpopular. A recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, conducted after weeks of protests, showed solid support for certain policing reforms, but voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea of defunding the police by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. It is notable that Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., the powerful chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has called the “defund the police” campaign “one of the worst slogans ever.”
Very little attention, however, has been paid to law enforcement leaders who are burning the candle at both ends, balancing their gut-wrenching public safety duties with efforts to ensure public health in the wake of COVID-19. When jails and prisons were discovered to be the most significant hot spotsfor the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, endangering the lives of people who live and work in those facilities, as well as their entire surrounding communities, law enforcement leaders on the front lines acted to save lives.
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