As public opinion coalesces around the view that at least some police reforms are needed, radical leftists and their allies in the press are capitalizing on the surge in public resentment toward the police to push a radical agenda Meanwhile, President Trump effectively plays right into their hands by doubling down on his attacks on demonstrators (demonstrators who even Trump has at times defended).
We’ve tried to highlight examples of this as the Minneapolis City Council “committed” on Sunday to dismantling the city’s police department and building a new “public safety” department in its place, while NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and “mayor in waiting” Comptroller Scott Stringer have called for siphoning more than $1 billion in funding from the NYPD and shifting it to social and youth services. When the protest movement started, it was a backlash against police brutality, a problem that has plagued the public for decades, and has been increasingly spotlighted in the age of cellphone video cameras that have ushered in a new age of accountability.
Police Unions and entrenched interests have continued to reflexively resist reform (after all, that’s what public employee unions are designed to do, unless the “reform” somehow lessens their memberships responsibilities or increases their compensation); meanwhile, radical leftists have pushed to move the goalposts, calling for the all-out abolition of police. 10 years ago, this would be unimaginable. Yet, here we are.