REPORT: Only 16% of Americans Want to Defund the Police
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According to a new poll, only 16% of Americans support defunding the police department while an astonishing 65% of Americans completely oppose defunding the police force.
The poll comes after Democrats have recently pushed to defund police departments across the country after George Floyd, a black man, was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis.
Check out what Breitbart reported in relation to the poll:
The poll, conducted May 29-30 — before the worst of the rioting in New York, Washington, Santa Monica, and other cities — included 1,060 adults and asked a variety of questions about what kinds of police reform people support.
Defunding the police came dead last. 65% of Americans opposed it. Only 16% of Democrats supported it — the same proportion as Americans overall. The highest proportion of support (25%) was among millennials, ages 30 to 44.
The most popular option was training police to de-escalate conflicts and the use of force, which was favored by 88% of respondents, including 94% of Democrats and 83% of Republicans. Body cameras were also favored widely.
In response to the violent riots, looting and destruction of property in Los Angeles, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he will be planning on defunding the Los Angeles Police Department by $100-$150 million.
The announcement makes absolutely no sense considering violent riots broke out in LA county last week, resulting in millions of dollars of damages. Now, Garcetti wants there to be an even weaker police presence.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The mayor said the cuts to the police department will be replicated across other departments as the city redirects roughly $250 million from its budget to invest in “communities of color and women and people who have been left behind.” The Los Angeles Police Department’s total annual budget is $1.86 billion, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The cuts will hit “every department, including the Police Department because we all have to be part of this solution together. We all have to step up and say, ‘What can we sacrifice?’” the mayor said.
Shortly after Garcetti’s announcement, three Los Angeles City Council members introduced legislation to cut funding from the LAPD’s 2020-21 budget.
Protesters began marching last week over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The protests have been overshadowed by violent rioters that have wrecked stores, attacked police, and stolen with impunity.
Garcetti has drifted some in his response to the riots. Soon after saying National Guard units would not be necessary, Garcetti called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to send in the National Guard on May 31 and imposed a city-wide curfew to stop the violence and restore order.
The increased police presence appears to have curbed much of the violence as officers arrested hundreds of people for violating curfew, stealing, or attacking officers and others, per the Los Angeles Times. At least 60 people are now facing charges.
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