Historically, it has been Democrat legislators who have voted to approve every Memorandum of Understanding of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association collective bargaining agreements.
Mega-online retailer Amazon is now selling t-shirts, hats and accessories that say “Blue Lives Murder.” Many people have contacted Amazon to remove the offensive products.
California Globe has received numerous messages from readers saying they’ve cancelled their Amazon Prime memberships.
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Is this appeasement of rioters or support of the “defund the police” movement?
‘Defund the Police’
Rioters and some public officials are calling for police departments across the state to be defunded and for the money to be put toward social programs benefiting communities of color.
Riots broke out throughout the country after the May 25th death/murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer who pressed a knee on his neck.
The demands by protesters, rioters, leftists and Democrats politicians for cutting police department budget — or outright defunding them — comes at a time when most cities and states are facing large deficits and economic uncertainty that are a result of governors’ lockdown orders during the coronavirus outbreak.
Perhaps it’s poetic justice or just irony, but the San Diego City Council voted 8-1 to adopt the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year, including the creation of a city Office of Race and Equity to tackle racial equity issues and a $27 million increase for the San Diego Police Department, NBC San Diego reported Tuesday. “We did not defund the San Diego Police Department because, to help restore trust in our police department, we need to focus more on neighborhood policing,” Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry said in a statement.
Another irony in the California Legislature taking up the “defund the police” banner is that it has historically been Democrat lawmakers in the Legislature who have voted to approve every Memorandum of Understanding of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) collective bargaining agreements.
“The movement to defund the police is based on nothing but lies,” Kyle Smith wrote at the New York Post. Smith debunks the myth that funding for cops and the military has gone up every year since 1973 while spending on “public health” has gone down every year since 1973. He explains:
“Here’s the reality: Medicaid spending in 1975 stood at $13.1 billion. It has gone up virtually every year since, and now stands at $639 billion. Overall, public health spending has risen from less than $200 billion in 1988 to $1.6 trillion last year, according to HealthSystemTracker.org.”
Smith correctly says “police need to have the confidence that their political leaders will back them up.”
“Right now, police enjoy no such confidence. Mayors and governors make it clear their sympathies lie more with protesters than their own cops. Hundreds of activists are crying, ‘Abolish the police’ on Twitter. A city councilman in Minneapolis mused on Twitter about what it might take to ‘disband’ his city’s police department.”
“America is learning dismal new lingo from the graffiti left behind in the riots: ‘ACAB’ and ‘1312,’ both meaning ‘All Cops are Bastards.’ The numbers correspond to where the letters A, C, A and B fall in the alphabet. A picture published this week showed President Trump walking by a crude spray-paint graffito reading, ‘FTP’ — eff the police. Cops are feeling besieged. We should be sending them gift baskets, not silly threats to abolish or defund them.”
As California Globe reported last week, as Democrats are calling for abolishing or defunding police departments, a YouGov poll found “despite calls by activists and protesters to defund police departments, most Americans do not support reducing law enforcement budgets. Close to two-thirds (65%) oppose cutting police force funding. Just 16 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans support that idea.”
The poll was conducted from May 29 – 30, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, but before the worst of the rioting in America’s big cities.