Congressional Black Caucus Chair: ‘Defund the police’ is ‘probably one of the worst slogans ever’

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Washington, DC – Karen Bass is a Democratic Congresswoman from California. She also serves as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. And according to one outlet, she is breaking party lines. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, she expressed her distaste with the term “defund the police”, saying: 

“I told some friends that’s probably one of the worst slogans ever.” 

According to LifeZette

“Bass is also savvy enough to understand that the slogan and its message is political suicide not just with swing voters but with black urban voters who would suffer the most if police departments would lose funding to such a degree they could not fulfill their public safety functions in those sometimes crime-ridden areas.

‘Police officers are the first ones to say they are law-enforcement officers, they’re not social workers,’ said the Los Angeles member of Congress.

‘What we have done in our country is, we have not invested in health, social and economic problems in communities. We leave the police to pick up the pieces.

In my city, for example, on any given night, we have over 40,000 people who are homeless. Why should the police be involved with that?’”

LifeZette continued: 

But there are those in the black community who are opposed to defunding or dismantling the police. 
 
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