After years of nothing but fake news, we all have come to the understanding that the fake news media is the enemy of the people. They will embrace the outright insane, so long as such insanity does not at all affect them, and demand that insanity become the status quo.
And with the recent riots, particularly with Leftist radicals demanding the defunding/abolishment of the police in various major cities and towns, CNN is now trying to make the case for going forth with such an insane and idiotic idea, particularly as the city of Minneapolis begins to prepare to have a vote on whether or not to dismantle their police.
Specifically, CNN is looking at a few “cities” which have kind of done that (and I will explain further in a moment) and what the aftermath of such actions were in order to see if such an idea could possibly be feasible.
First, and mostly, they talk about Camden, New Jersey, which is the biggest city CNN talks about with a population of a whopping 75,000 people, compared to Minneapolis’ 429,000+, and you can clearly see a massive difference. And again, that is the biggest city CNN found that “got rid” of its police department.
I would hope you would see why the population difference is so important: smaller cities and towns are easier to handle by smaller police forces.
But that’s not the only pathetic thing about the CNN article. You see, CNN correctly points out that in 2012, the city broke up its entire police department:
“The city, home to a population about 17% of Minneapolis’ size, dissolved its police department in 2012 and replaced it with an entirely new one after corruption rendered the existing agency unfixable.”
So Camden didn’t get rid of its police force, but rather, they completely renewed it. That is a far cry from the calls of defunding/abolishing the police (which Leftist are now trying to gaslight us, telling us “defund the police” doesn’t actually mean “defund the police”).
As Jazz Shaw from Hot Air put it, “the total time that Camden was actually ‘without’ a police department was the period of time it took to sign a few papers.”
The city was never actually without a police department in the sense that they disbanded it and just let things be. They actually ensured that their broken, corrupt police department which hardly did its job (Camden has, for a long time, been one of the most dangerous cities, but it was even more dangerous before the reformation of the department) could be replaced by something that is MORE effective, not less, as Leftists are attempting to do. They are not a city which could be said “got rid” of their police department. They reformed it, not destroyed it, defunded it or abolished it. Even then, they still rehired a hundred of the previous force’s police officers.
The second city they talk about, far more briefly, is Deposit, New York. CNN points out: “Earlier this year, the village of Deposit, New York, dissolved its department because it cost $200,000 per year. Now, a single sheriff’s deputy is assigned to the village, CNN affiliate WICZ reported.”
Care to read that quote again and pick out a key word? Go ahead. Did you catch it? Deposit, New York is not a city – it’s a village.
It’s population, you might ask? 250. No, not 250,000. Just 250. Care to take a look at the village on Google Maps? That entire area within the highlighted shape comprises two miles across from the southwestern point to the northeastern one.
Knowing this, it makes plenty of sense as to why the city decided that spending $200,000 a year on a police department was unnecessary: a single sheriff, maybe with some backup from state police, was really all that was necessary. This is a modern-day Wild West town, pretty much.
What’s more, the village is hardly a place of crime. Over the last 15 years, the number of murders has been a brisk 0. In that time frame, only 2 rapes have been committed, three robberies and you have to go back to 2012 to find a single assault committed in recent time, with 10 having been the most in that 15 year time frame back in 2006.
The final “city” CNN talks about is Garden City, Missouri, which “laid off all of its officers and suspended its police chief because, as its mayor said in 2018, the city couldn’t afford to keep them employed,” according to CNN.
As with Deposit, New York, Garden City is not exactly a Metropolis or a Gotham City. Its population, according to the 2010 census (so it could be a bit more today) is around 1,600 people. Crime data for Garden City shows that, in the last 15 years, only one murder has been committed, only one rape, three robberies and in the last five years, only three assaults have occurred.
Garden City is extremely small and there are not a whole lot of crimes happening there. To use this, or the other two cities, as an argument for getting rid of entire police departments in a city as massive as Minneapolis is extremely idiotic and insane, though that seems to be par for the course, all things considered.
Again, the biggest of the cities talked about went without an official police force all of the duration of a bathroom break and the other cities are extremely small and fairly crime-free.
It also helps that gun laws aren’t exactly restrictive, allowing for people to defend themselves should the need arise, which definitely contribute to the low crime rates. Minneapolis, on the other hand, is a deep-blue city with a lot of crime. According to its crime data, it is the most crime-riddled city compared to the other ones nearby. Over the last 15 years, 536 murders were committed.
Do you really think an absent police force would make things better? Do you really think that having less police would solve any sort of issue? Keep in mind the Washington Post data that said only 9 unarmed black people were shot and killed by police in the entire country. Minneapolis getting rid of its police department, or defunding it to the point where it is practically useless even if not entirely defunct, is not a solution at all to the problem the city council is faced with.
Compare the 9 unarmed black people killed by cops to the number of black people killed by other black people. According to US News, “among the 6,000 cases in which the race of the victim and the offender were known, the number of blacks killed by blacks rose to 2,380 [in 2015].”
The percentage of black people killed by another black person stood at roughly 90%, and 2015 was the first time this century when the rate of black victims killed by another black person stood below 90%, at 89.3%.
How come those black lives don’t matter? Why is it that black lives only matter when it’s police officers who take them, justified or not? Why is it that David Dorn’s life didn’t matter? Why is it that Dave Patrick Underwood’s life didn’t matter? Why is it that David McAtee’s life didn’t matter (ironically, he was accidentally killed by police who returned fire after hearing gunshots in one of the riots and hardly anyone brings him up)? Why is it that Chris Beaty’s life didn’t matter?
The four people I mentioned were all black people who were killed during the riots, either by the rioters themselves or by the police on accident (McAtee was not a rioter and he often was amicable with the police in his barbeque restaurant). But you tell me that getting rid of the cops will save black lives? Give me a break.
Not that it matters any to the Left. There is good reason as to why those names (and there are others) are not being mentioned by the media: it goes against their desire to sow discord and chaos. Many on the fake news media have embraced, excused and even tried to justify the wanton destruction and ruination of lives (many of which are minorities’ lives, as rioters destroyed plenty of businesses that are either run by or employ minorities).
And now, CNN is not-so-subtly trying to make the case for dismantling the police in a city that is already ravaged by crime by bringing up three cities that are not at all comparable to Minneapolis and have not exactly abolished the rule of law, like the Left is trying to do.
The more time goes by, the more Trump seems to be proven right: the media truly is the enemy of the people.
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”
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