OAKLAND, CA – For the better part of 2020, liberal groups across the country called for the abolishment of the police forces everywhere.
These groups claimed that the money saved from paying police could be funneled to other social programs, which would in turn enhance public safety.
Fast forward to the end of 2021, government leaders across the US are calling for more police to handle the increases in crime, including the Democrat leader of Oakland, California.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday she’s working to reverse plans to divert funding from the police department to social services and hire more officers to stem a recent increase in street violence.https://t.co/NYm42M3wjs
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) November 29, 2021
Democrat Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf report on November 29th that she plans to shelve the original plans of directing city funds from social services so that the budget for the Oakland Police Department can be boosted.
Her plan is to utilize that money to hire additional officers because of the violent crime the city is experiencing.
The announcement from Schaaf comes as the city has experienced a deadly weekend which saw three homicides.
One of the people killed is a retired police officer who was working as a security guard for a television crew. So far, the city has seen a reported 127 homicides so far this year.
Although she reaffirmed support for diverting some city funding from the police to social services, she also apparently acknowledges that the plan she has in place has failed.
Schaaf made this known during a Zoom phone call with reporters:
“When those messages and services are not effective…the consequences must be swift and certain. There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence.”
Mayor Libby Schaaf stated that the city needs more police" and that "the defund rhetoric is challenging our ability to attract and retain recruits. We resources from the state and federal governments to stop the coordinated efforts of criminal groups." https://t.co/OYaubMMe8N https://t.co/QpeRAHYmA4
— Alex Gonzalez (@AlexGonzTXCA) December 1, 2021
Schaaf’s focus is on increasing the safety that the citizens feel inside of the city limits and believes that increasing law enforcement levels will be able to do that by the reduction in crime extra officers will cause.
Schaaf not only wants to increase the budget and staffing for the Oakland Police Department, but she also is calling for global changes to address the increase in crime. One thing that Schaaf made note of is the changes to bail that the liberals have embraced.
“I do want to call into attention the change in bail policies. And we believe that that change is not giving sufficient weight in it’s consideration to gun related crimes.”
When speaking on the bail reform issue, two other city leaders, District 6 Councilmember Loren Taylor, and District 7 Councilmember Treva Reid spoke up. Taylor said:
“When we talk about repeat offenses, these are things that we have to really make sense of in a way that helps to provide the carrot and the stick, if you will, that compels us to move toward a safer community.”
Schaaf is not the only liberal minded leader to have apparently changed views on police and making people feel safer.
The City of Portland, who proudly announced that they were massively defunding their police department, just unanimously pass a measure to increase the police budget by $5.2 million.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: "Let me be clear, Oakland needs more police. We have been interrupted by staffing reductions. […] The defund rhetoric is challenging our ability to attract and retain recruits." https://t.co/3apWuNIUlQ pic.twitter.com/xaE96VaJKy
— The Hill (@thehill) December 1, 2021
The increases or re-funding of police agencies in liberal cities like New York and Los Angeles are growing as citizens are angry that violent crime has increased to the point that they no longer feel safe in their neighborhoods.
Liberal leaders in those areas are also increasing funding from the police agencies that they had removed funds from in 2020.
While the thought of increasing policing in these areas might mean a reduction in crime, it most certainly will not be able to happen quickly. Recruiting, hiring, and training qualified people to become police officers in these areas will be difficult, and time consuming.
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A note from Law Enforcement Today Executive Director Kyle Reyes: We were disgusted to see that GoFundMe joined the likes of other “Big Tech” companies in targeting Kyle Rittenhouse, and in turn targeting the ability of Americans to maintain their God-given right of self defense. The platform, while banning Rittenhouse from crowdfunding his legal fees, still continues to allow actual criminals and activists to fundraise.
When building out our “Re-Fund The Police” campaign, we decided that in order to send a message, we’d be very clear – we will never use the anti-American, Communist-supporting platform called GoFundMe. Of course they’ve since reversed their ban on Rittenhouse – but the damage was already done.
Read on for all of the details – or click here to get in the fight and send a message to Big Tech and the anti-police movement. We are proudly joined by one of America’s most patriotic companies – Sig Sauer – in the fight to back the blue.
Are you tired of the constant attacks against our women and men in blue who are portrayed by the media, politicians and Hollywood as criminals?
Are you wary of the increased efforts to defund police across this great nation of ours?
If so, it’s time to support a new effort to battle against the false narratives and devious plans that are leaving Americans misinformed and less safe.
Law Enforcement Today, in partnership with Sig Sauer, has launched a “Re-Fund the Police” campaign to support efforts to refund our police departments and focus on the positive stories of those who work in law enforcement.
In addition, Law Enforcement Today launched the campaign through its own crowdsourcing site to avoid the censorship that other platforms, such as GoFundMe, utilize to attack fundraisers that don’t support leftist ideologies.
In this Age of Inversion, where society is told that good is bad and lies are truth, Law Enforcement Today invites supporters to help counteract these deceptions through the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.
Donations will go toward developing national media advertisements that will show how to reverse the devastating impact of defunding police.
In addition, funds will also be used to establish a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will examine the negative fallout that results from defunding police.
The team, however, will also focus on positive stories of law enforcement that mainstream media avoids because it goes against the “cops are thugs” mentality.
Counteracting false narratives is difficult yet necessary. The good news is that there is a refreshing sense of more people becoming aware of how certain entities use the dark art of manipulation and distortion to hide truths in order to push certain narratives.
For example, there is a deliberate effort to destroy longstanding institutions, the U.S. Constitution, patriotism, traditional moral values and nuclear families, just to name a few.
Supporters of these bedrocks of traditional society find themselves increasingly under fire by those seeking to flip everything upside down and create societal chaos.
For example, many people have seen how recently acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse was a victim of a coordinated character assassination by leftists in mainstream media, politics and Hollywood.
Even President Joe Biden is seeing renewed criticism over a tweet he posted on Sept. 30, 2020 when he was still a presidential candidate.
Then-candidate Biden had tweeted:
“There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
The tweet also contained an embedded video that was paid for by the Biden for President campaign.
The video shows white nationalists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia. It also includes a voice-over of FOX News’ Chris Wallace asking then-President Trump during a presidential debate if he would condemn white supremacists and militia groups.
During the video, an image of Rittenhouse holding an AR-style rifle appears, thus associating the teen with white supremacist conduct.
Some legal experts believe the tweet maligns Rittenhouse and could result in a defamation case against President Biden.
“What you take from that tweet is that Kyle Rittenhouse was using his rifle and engaging in White supremacist misconduct so it’s actionable. Not necessarily going to win, but it’s actionable.”
Last Friday, a Kenosha County jury acquitted Rittenhouse of all the charges against him, including first-degree intentional homicide and recklessly endangering safety.
President Joe Biden’s initial reaction to the jury’s decision was captured by media. Biden said he stood by the jury system and said it works.
Biden also admitted he did not watch the Rittenhouse trial.
As the day went on however, it appears someone decided to tweak Biden’s earlier message.
The White House released a formal statement that noted the president was now “angry and concerned” about the Rittenhouse trial, even though earlier in the day he seemed calm about the jury’s decision and admitted he did not watch it.
Jumping on the anti-Rittenhouse bandwagon were radical politicians, Hollywood elites and crowdsourcing sites.
Law Enforcement Today recently reported that GoFundMe had previously removed all online fundraisers for Rittenhouse on its platform because its terms of service prohibited money being raised for alleged criminals.
However, it was discovered that GoFundMe was hypocritical because it had permitted fundraising for the legal defense of Black Lives Matter activists and a convicted robber serving decades in prison.
After Rittenhouse’s acquittal, GoFundMe tried to justify its hypocrisy by releasing a CYA statement on why “certain fundraisers” were removed:
“GoFundMe’s Terms of Service prohibit raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime. In light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, we want to clarify when and why we removed certain fundraisers in the past.
“Once charges for a violent crime were brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020, GoFundMe removed fundraisers that were started for the defendant’s legal defense.
We did this as part of our regular monitoring efforts; in addition to those fundraisers, our Trust & Safety team removed hundreds of other fundraisers between August and December 2020 — unrelated to Rittenhouse — that we determined were in violation of this long-standing policy.”
Next, GoFundMe clarified in its statement that since Rittenhouse was acquitted, fundraisers for the teen no longer violated its “Terms of Service” and could move forward: in a closing the barn door after
“If someone is acquitted of those charges, as Rittenhouse was today, a fundraiser started subsequently for their legal defense and other expenses would not violate this policy.
“A fundraiser to pay lawyers, cover legal expenses or to help with ongoing living expenses for a person acquitted of those charges could remain active as long as we determine it is not in violation of any of our other terms and, for example, the purpose is clearly stated and the correct beneficiary is added to the fundraiser.”
For Rittenhouse, GoFundMe’s fickle approach was similar to closing the barn door after a horse has escaped. It is too little, too late.
Yet, GoFundMe has continued to allow money to be crowdsourced for Dominique Maxey, an alleged bank robber. It makes one wonder if GoFundMe makes an exception for certain types of “violent crimes.”
The fundraiser, titled “CHARGED WITH BANK ROBBERY DURING GEORGE FLOYD RIOT,” is being organized by Maxey to help pay his defense attorney. Maxey wrote:
“I Created this GoFundMe to Help me get a Federal Defense Attorney. My public defender stated during my court case that I have a mental illness due to some misinformation he received.
I have stated on my behalf I’m Dominique Malik Maxey beneficiary of the trust and I wish to represent myself. But I’m unable to represent myself until I prove to the court that I am competent enough to do so.
“In the meantime, I need a(n) attorney that is fully devoted to me, my innocence and my freedom. So that he/ she can provide support, and legal advice to ensure that my record remains clean and that I don’t spend one day in jail or in a psych ward.”
The campaign has raised $140 toward a goal of $40,000.
Another fundraiser on the site is being collected for Tia Pugh, a woman who was arrested during protests in Mobile, Alabama on May 31, 2020, just days after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In Mobile, thousands of peaceful protesters gathered on that date to protest police brutality. It also drew Pugh and others who went further, pushing against the police line separating the marchers from the on-ramp of Interstate 10.
Pugh swung a metal baseball bat, breaking the window of the police vehicle. Video of the incident became a key piece of evidence at Pugh’s trial, where a jury in May unanimously found her guilty a federal felony for criminal mischief and inciting a riot
U.S. District Judge Terry Moorer sentenced Pugh to time served. He also declined to impose any probationary term but did order her to pay the city of Mobile $572.63, the cost of the window she broke.
Although the case is over and Pugh is a free woman, the fundraising account asks for help paying for her federal defense. Her mother, Stephanie Tullos Tsikrikas, wrote on the site:
“She has representation at the municipal level and is ready to retain counsel for her federal charges. We have received some donations to help with fees and lost wages, however her family still falls short of what it will take to get the proper counsel to beat this federal charge.
“It would mean so much to Tia, her husband, her father and I if we could get support from friends, family, and the community to help us cover the costs of her legal defense.”
Pugh’s fund has raised $2,953 of a $3,000 goal.
Yet another account raising funds for the legal defense for a violent crime is that for Lawrence Edwards, a criminal who has been incarcerated for 13 years on robbery and firearms charges. He is serving a remaining 47-year sentence.
Claiming “over-sentencing,” he wants money to pay for a clemency attorney:
“Due to this injustice of over-sentencing and that I’ve currently done over a quarter of my sentence after exhausting all other remedies lead me to reach out to an attorney that specializes in Clemencies. After paying $300 just for him to hear my case this attorney expressed that he doesn’t just take any case.
“He only takes clients that he believes has merit and that are candidates to be pardoned. After speaking with him he strongly believes I fit that criter(ion). In order for me to continue with his services I have to pay his entire fee up front which is $15,000.”
The account, organized by Angela Monds, has raised $20 for a stated goal of $15,000.
The bottom line is that some platforms favor some individuals despite clear violations of stated terms of service.
It’s time to turn to a trusted alternative in fundraising.
Law Enforcement Today invites you to be part of a nationwide effort to refund the police and reverse the negative impact it has caused in our communities. Join us today at FundOurPolice.com.
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