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No local police or unarmed local police. Good luck with that, when there are more guns than people in the USA and many times more guns per capita than other countries. It will be a boon to private security companies – for those who can afford protection. Elsewhere it will be the wild, wild west. In fact, police killings per capita are highest in parts of the wild west (and WV): https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/states Over the last decades, the US has evolved into a country where waitresses who ask customers not to smoke in the non-smoking section get shot, and managers who ask people to wear masks in stores get shot.
And, no local police means that the National Guard and/or Military will inevitably have to be brought in, and it will be easy for Trump, or some future president, to create a police state dictatorship. It will, of course, be a boon for organized crime, drug dealers, and other illegal activity.
Guns per capita: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estimated_number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country Note that in Switzerland, all men must serve in the army or pay a fine. And, yet, Switzerland has just a fraction, per capita, of US guns.
As for defunding the police department for social programs: social programs will sooner or later be cut due to the inevitable budget cuts and shortfalls. No police will mean even less tax monies, as people and businesses who can flee will flee. Lower police salaries may lead to more police corruption.
Facebook removed almost 200 sites connected to white supremacist groups (Proud Boys and American Guard), who were encouraging people to go to the recent protests with weapons. See: https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/facebook-blocks-white-nationalists-organizing-move-protests-183504956.html
How about doing something about this? https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/strong-correlation-between-immigration-wages-employment-rates-incarceration-rates-for-black-americans https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/george-floyds-death-viewed-through-the-lens-of-the-history-of-minneapolis/
Stop bringing in immigrants who, by sheer quantity, lower wages and take jobs away from Americans.
“Minneapolis City Council Backs Dismantling Police Department
By VOA News
Updated June 07, 2020 10:52 PM
The Minneapolis police department could soon undergo a radical change following the death two weeks ago of George Floyd, an African American man, while in the custody of four city officers.
Nine of 12 members of the city council announced at a rally in a city park that they support dismantling the police department and replacing it with what is being described as a community-based public safety model.
Details on exactly what this new model would look like are unclear.
The 12-member council still has to approve the plan and, under council rules, the decision would be veto-proof.
“A veto-proof majority of the MPLS City Council just publicly agreed that the Minneapolis Police Department is not reformable and that we’re going to end the current policing system,” Council Member Alondra Cano tweeted Sunday.
A group of demonstrators rallied outside the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Saturday to demand the police department be defunded, accusing it of long-standing racism and rough treatment of black suspects.
Mayor Jacob Frey, who supported bringing charges against the officer who held Floyd, told protesters on Saturday that he favors reforming the department instead of fully abolishing it. The crowd gathered outside his home greeted his answer with boos.
“It shouldn’t have taken so much death to get us here,” said Kandace Montgomery, the director of Black Vision which organized the gathering outside the mayor’s house. “We’re safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by the state hunting black people.”
Frey told the crowd that he does not support getting rid of the police department as it looks now.
“I told them the truth about where I stand. I’ll work relentlessly toward deep structural reforms to change policing, rethink our system, and directly address systemic racism. However, I do not support abolishing the department,” Frey said.
Frey told the Star Tribune newspaper Sunday, “People continue to require service in many forms from our public safety offices, whether in times of domestic violence, or assistance in some of the most dire conditions.”
The city council voted last week to ban police from using of chokeholds and neck restraints.
Thousands of people kept up protests Sunday in other parts of the country, including in Los Angeles where the city’s mayor has pledged to cut the police department’s budget as part of an effort to invest in community programs.
Protesters also assembled Sunday in major cities such as New York, Chicago and Atlanta, where leaders have lifted nighttime curfews put in place after earlier demonstrations were marred by vandalism and looting.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday his administration plans to move an unspecified amount of funding from the police department to “youth initiatives and social services.”
“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people. And I also will affirm while doing that, we will only do it in a way that we are certain continues to ensure that this city will be safe,” de Blasio said.
Sunday also brought protests in the northwestern city of Seattle, where a man drove a car toward a crowd in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, then shot a man who reached into the car. The gunman got out of the car and walked through the crowd, and later approached a line of police officers who took him into custody.
Police gave few details on the incident, saying only that a suspect was in custody and a gun was recovered. The Seattle fire department said the gunshot victim was approximately 27 years old and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Many of the demonstrators who have been protesting across the country have demanded that big city police departments be defunded. Supporters say that doesn’t mean literally getting rid of law enforcement but say much of the money used to run police departments can be reinvested into social services, arguing that creating better lives for citizens means little need for a gun-toting officer.
Opponents say they want people to ask themselves what happens when someone calls 911 to report a rape in progress or a murder or armed robbery and few officers are available.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be in Houston Monday to meet with George Floyd’s family before a funeral service. A Biden aide says a video message from Biden will be played at the service, but Biden himself will not attend.
Floyd was born near Fayetteville, North Carolina, but grew up in Houston, where he will be buried Tuesday. Biden got a huge endorsement Sunday when former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he would be voting for the Democrat in November…
Powell is another major voice from the U.S. military critical of the way the Trump administration has been calling for force to deal with protest marches against the harsh police treatment of black men.
The National Guard will start pulling out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and other California cities as the violence by Floyd protesters has eased.
Sunday’s marches in California were peaceful, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says a “small number of units” will be stationed nearby for at least two more days in case of emergency.
A group of primarily African Americans calling themselves The Compton Cowboys held a peaceful protest on horseback in some southern L.A. suburbs Sunday while a group of classic car fans held their own march in East Los Angeles.
The situation in Oakland was a bit more tense when demonstrators tried to close down an interstate highway but backed down after a brief standoff with police.
Another gathering painted the words Black Lives Matter in a downtown Oakland street, just like the one painted on a Washington street.
Several hundred families, many pushing baby strollers, marched peacefully around a lake in Oakland. A similar march was held in San Francisco and thousands also gathered peacefully along that city’s waterfront.
In Washington, Republican Senator Mitt Romney marched with protesters, the first known instance of a Republican lawmaker joining the demonstrations. He posted photos of the march on Twitter along with the caption, “Black Lives Matter,” as well as photos of his father from a civil rights march in the 1960s. ” https://www.voanews.com/usa/nation-turmoil-george-floyd-protests/minneapolis-city-council-backs-dismantling-police https://www.voanews.com/usa/nation-turmoil-george-floyd-protests/floyd-viewing-set-houston-minneapolis-council-supports
“What the data say about police shootings” https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02601-9