It’s almost like Democrats come up with the most outrageous policies and positions on purpose.
That’s the only way to describe why liberals are now backing the idea of defunding police departments and having literally no one to keep communities safe across the country following the death of George Floyd.
Thankfully, a brand new YouGov poll has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose defunding the police.
And, for good measure, an even greater majority oppose “abolishing” the police
The survey, taken June 14-16 among 1,500 U.S. adults (1,160 of whom are registered voters), found that the majority of Americans disagree with the “defund the police” movement popularized by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The majority, 53 percent, indicated that they oppose defunding police, while 24 percent said they support the proposal. What is more, nearly three-quarters of Americans, 73 percent, said they oppose “abolishing” the police altogether, with just 11 percent supporting the call. Even a majority of Democrats oppose abolishing the police, with 63 percent opposing and 19 percent favoring.
Sixty-nine percent of independents oppose abolishing the police, and 90 percent of Republicans fall say the same.
Check out the poll below:
According to a prominent black Harvard professor — defunding the police would actually lead to higher deaths among African-Americans.
Roland Fryer, a Harvard professor, spoke with The College Fix and said defunding the police “could cost thousands of black lives.”
“It is not a solution. I think the streets are talking and we should listen. People are frustrated,” Fryer said.
Fryer then spoke about his latest research, which he said was largely considered “controversial” by mainstream media standards, where he found that black suspects are far less likely to be shot by police than white suspects.
So what can be done? Fryer says a much sounder and intelligent approach would be to to implement ways to make police safer and more consistent with how things are handled.
Options include an increase of community policing, “because officers can make more accurate distinctions between people when they have more frequent, non-confrontational interactions with the same population over time.”
“Federal funds for police departments should be tied to their collection of data on lower-level uses of force.” In order to do that, Fryer suggested that police departments should “focus on culture, training, and correct incentives,” Fryer said.
“Finally, police departments need to discern how to identify ineffective police officers without altering the behavior of effective ones,” he added.
President Donald Trump has also made it clear he does not support this movement, declaring last week that as many as 99.9 percent of the nation’s officers are “great, great people” and said he would never support the idea of defunding police departments, The Hill reported.
“There won’t be defunding,” Trump said. “There won’t be dismantling of our police. There’s not going to be any disbanding of our police.”
“Our police have been letting us live in peace, and we want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there and sometimes we’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently, but I say 99.9 — let’s go with 99 percent of them — great, great people and they’ve done jobs that are record setting,” Trump said.
During a White House press briefing later on Monday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany echoed a similar message, telling reporters that “the president is appalled by the defund the police movement.”
“That means cutting of police. That means reducing police departments. That means defunding police departments, if not getting rid of them entirely,” she said. “No, [Trump] doesn’t agree with that.”