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President Trump hardened his law-and-order agenda Monday in the face of nationwide protests over racial injustice and far-left demands to “defund the police,” while his reelection team accused Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden of failing to oppose what they said were radical anti-police proposals that would lead to lawlessness and anarchy.

The calls for sweeping police reforms emerged in the wake of the death two weeks ago of George Floyd, a black man, after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck on the street for nearly nine minutes. The Minneapolis City Council announced its support for defunding its police department and replacing it with a community-based public safety program. The Democratic mayors of Los Angeles and New York say they will cut their police budgets.

In a meeting with law enforcement officials at the White House, Mr. Trump said he opposes any effort to cut funding for local police departments.

“We won’t be defunding our police. We won’t be dismantling our police,” Mr. Trump said. “Sometimes you’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently, but 99, I say 99.9, but let’s go with 99% of them are great, great people.”

The White House said Mr. Trump is reviewing proposals to reform criminal justice, but the president said communities cannot allow the “defund” movement to put overall public safety at risk.

“This has been a very strong year for less crime,” the president said. “We have great law enforcement. I’m very proud of them. Our police have been letting us live in peace.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Mr. Trump doesn’t support aspects of a wide-ranging policing bill introduced Monday by congressional Democrats, including a federal ban on police chokeholds and limits on qualified immunity, which shields government officials and officers from being sued for misconduct while acting in their official capacity.

“The world is witnessing the birth of a new movement in our country,” Rep. Karen Bass, the California Democrat who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday. “A profession where you have the power to kill should be a profession where you have highly trained officers accountable to the public.”

Attorney General William Barr, who attended the president’s meeting with the law enforcement officials, said the administration wants to work with them to develop stronger guidelines.

“I know that there is a lot of interest from police leaders for clarity and guidance on the use of force … making sure the standards are out there, making sure they are trained and making sure they are adhered to,” Mr. Barr said. “The time for waiting is over. It’s now incumbent on us to bring good out of bad.”

But Mr. Barr added, “The other aspect of this is the rule of law and the need for law and order.”

“It’s the foundation of civilization,” the attorney general said. “It is our responsibility to make sure that our country is ruled by law and not by violence.”

Policy and politics

As a policy matter, it’s not clear how much control the administration can exert quickly over cities’ public safety budgets, which are set at the local level.

But as a political matter, Mr. Trump’s reelection team and Republican lawmakers believe the anti-police activists have handed them a potent campaign issue they can use to attack Mr. Biden. The movement to defund police departments, endorsed by liberals such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, emerged just after scenes of rioting, arson and looting in dozens of cities across the U.S. as some protests over police brutality spun out of control.

Advocates of defunding police say they don’t necessarily want to abolish police departments or cancel all of their funding. They say the movement aims to address chronic problems in policing and to spend more on needs such as housing and education as a way to lower the demand for traditional police services.

But the nuanced definition is a tough sell in a country convulsed by street protests and division.

“It is consuming the entire Democrat Party,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director. “Where has Joe Biden been? By his silence, Joe Biden is endorsing defunding the police.”

Mr. Biden was traveling to Texas on Monday to meet with Mr. Floyd’s family.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said the presumptive Democratic nominee doesn’t support defunding police, but he does support “the urgent need for reform — including funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing — so that officers can focus on the job of policing.”

He pointed to Mr. Biden’s proposal to spend an additional $300 million on community policing, but Mr. Murtaugh dismissed it as “one line item in the massive federal government.”

The issue is also causing a rift with police unions for the labor-friendly Mr. Biden. The executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations has said Mr. Biden “kept moving left and fell off the deep end.”

Republicans also are raising the issue in congressional races. The campaign arm for Senate Republicans on Monday called on Democratic candidates to take a stand on defunding police.

“What once lived on the liberal fringe has now broken through in serious way,” said Jesse Hunt, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Senate Democrats everywhere are going to have to answer to voters about how they plan to keep Americans safe while their party seeks to ‘defund the police.’”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the calls to gut police departments are “outlandish” and that relying on social workers would not be effective.

“I’m all for social work and mental health,” he said. “But — call me old-fashioned — I think you may actually want a police officer to stop a criminal and arrest him before we try to work through his feelings. I have a feeling the American people are too smart for this.”

The White House emphasized the amount of crime-fighting work that police carry out across the U.S. in a given year, using 2018 as an example: 11,970 arrests on murder charges, 88,130 arrests on robbery charges, 395,800 arrests on aggravated assault charges and nearly half a million arrests on all types of violent crime charges.

“That’s police officers who are doing the arresting,” Ms. McEnany said. “You eliminate police officers, you will have chaos, crime and anarchy in the streets, and that’s something that’s unacceptable to the president.”

(Excerpt from The Washington Times. Article by Dave Boyer.)

 

 

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Joan Bartruff
June 13, 2020

Heavenly Father, In Jesus Precious Name, I pray for the safety of all our police officers, Highway Patrol, Border Patrol, and all who protect the general public from harm and dangers. I pray for leadership in Law Enforcement to counsel, guide,direct, and have wisdom to detect and to remove any, under their leadership like Chauvin who was known to be unfit for public service in Law Enforcement. Lord reign down your grace and mercy on us, and calm the waters. Thank You we have been assured by President Trump, “We won’t be defunding our Police”. Be with all in Law Enforcement and their families as they deal with the violence, job insecurity, dangers they are experiencing firsthand. Protect them in every way, Heavenly Father, and bring an end
to the storm. Amen.

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Karen
June 11, 2020

The police union certainly covered for Chauvin and not one Democrat in charge of the city or state acted to remove him, probably because they wanted the support of the police union and the votes. Quid pro quo.
We need to also hear more about Democratic presidential candidate and potential vice presidential pick Amy Klobuchar who failed to get charges brought against the police officer involved in George Floyd’s death while serving as a county attorney in 2006. If she had done her job properly, instead of passing the buck, George Floyd would be alive today.
Democrats have controlled Minneapolis for the last 41 years. Mayors are responsible for the police department. Not one Democrat mayor sought to remove Chauvin. If they had done their job properly, George Floyd would be alive today.
I believe that every Democrat (since Minneapolis is Democrat controlled and has been for decades) passed the buck on police reform and police brutality because they wanted the support of the powerful Police Unions in the elections. The other powerful union is the Teachers Union and they are against school choice.

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Jane Spalholz
June 11, 2020

Just because you have one or two bad cops you don’t eliminate whole police departments. One or two bad doctors is not a reason to abolish hospitals. So the readoning here is quite flawed.

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Darlene Estlow
June 11, 2020

Father, thank you for the protection of the police in our nation. May they act from compassion, led by your Spirit as they protect us. I pray that you would foil the attempts of radical groups to control our nation and our minds. Draw us close to you and may we walk in godly ways.

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Anastacia
June 11, 2020

So……they wish to hold police, public servants, responsible for their actions that hurt citizens? How about Governor Cuomo and other Democrats who placed Covid-19 patients back into otherwise healthy senior care facilities and were DIRECTLY responsible for many elder deaths. Are these stupid and hateful individuals public servants exempt from liability for their actions? If we are going to apply this standard to some, and I do not agree with this standard, then this standard must be applied to all. Let’s make an effort to be FAIR and ….. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, NOT EVEN A RADICAL DEMOCRAT!

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    kim Juarez
    June 12, 2020

    That is a great point. The democrats ALWAYS use distraction to turn the public away from what they are doing themselves! We must keep focus first on Jesus and then on what the justice department is finding out. The truth about the Democrats treasonous action and activities to try to take down our President since day one of his administration!! Justice time and its way way way past justice time.

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      Anastacia
      June 13, 2020

      Hi Kim – so great to have your response to my post. You are correct about the democrat distractions to disguise the truth. You are correct about the venomous and unwarranted attacks on our President since day one of his election. This election is a contest between good and evil. I pray every day that God will unsheild the eyes of the American people to see that the evil the president is being hatefully accused of is exactly what his accusers are doing. We are in a battle: Good by our President for the salvation of our country versus the evil his accusers are actually thrusting on America and it’s legal American citizens.

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Cristobal Campos
June 11, 2020

The laws of the land need to be observed and respected. Without law enforcement the citizens of the USA will be in chaos. The mistakes of few should not be blamed on all law enforcement agencies. The holy scriptures say to observe and obey the laws of the land. We should not position ourselves against what G_d says. Please Lord Jesus Christ help our Mayors, City Managers, and HR be more careful in who they hire in law enforcement for they hold the responsibility in serving and protecting precious souls in our communities. In Jesus Christ name Amen.

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Cathy
June 11, 2020

When will we hear more about the police union that covered for and protected the officer who took the life of George Floyd? Derek Chauvin had a long history of serious infractions that were continuously ignored by the union.
Obviously, truth no longer matters—it’s the agenda, the whole agenda and nothing but the agenda.
God help us all as we turn to you.

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