And fear of crime and other unanticipated consequences explains why Joe Biden said he did not support defunding the police. Explore the scintillating November 2020 issue of Commentary. While finding an agreed-upon definition of what “defunding the police” actually means is difficult, there’s little question that injecting the phrase into any political debate remains one of the fastest ways to light the suburban electorate’s hair on fire. Doing so, Hitchen argued, might produce better outcomes and make communities safer. To placate the far left while appealing to the political center, Biden and the Democrats have to define Defund the Police down to the point of ineffectuality. July 6, 2020. Tacoma immigrants reflect as presidential votes tallied: Are they welcome in America? Abolitionists may envision “community care workers” rather than police, and restorative justice models to respond to crime in ways that do not involve locking people into dehumanizing prison cells. … I don’t think that anyone other than the far extremes are saying we don’t want any kind of policing at all, any kind of police safety.”, Sharpton may have missed the recent New York Times essay by Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow, the 2010 tract that inspired the criminal justice reform and de-incarceration movements. What does ‘defund the police’ mean? Matt Driscoll is a News Tribune columnist. What Defunding the Police Really Means. “Defund the Police” is a more ambiguous expression, and therefore less threatening to potential allies, than “Abolish the Police.” The genius of the phrase is that it encompasses both means and end. Waller bluntly described the effort as “scaremongering” but also said it has the potential to be an effective public safety message for Whalen, shoring up his conservative base and perhaps persuading undecided voters in the final days of the race. If we ever hope to rise above the partisan nonsense and — more importantly — contend with and correct the racial disparities that continue to plague law enforcement, it’s going to take so much more than last-minute scare tactics. “There’s no dispute that when (Hitchen) talks about the allocation of resources, she is considering shifting money around to community services,” Whalen said. Please enter your username or email address. Click here to send a letter to the editor. Man fatally shot outside apartment complex near Tacoma, Pierce County’s new COVID-19 case total Thursday remains in triple digits, Five big takeaways from initial Pierce County election results, Local fight over COVID-19 school closures is symptom of failures in the other Washington, Put up or shut up, County Council Republicans. Matthew Continetti is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Radical progressives like the end-abolition and other “robust visions for the future.” And some progressives toggle between these meanings indiscriminately, so that defunding becomes the first of a series of steps toward replacing police officers with social workers. The devil, of course, is in the details. In its place, the Minneapolis City Council is proposing the creation of a new “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” The scope and authority of such a department has yet to be defined.
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