Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?

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Washington D.C.: House Democrats recently passed a bill that would provide federal funding to local police departments for a variety of police department changes. However, some critics of the bill worry that something more sinister is going on.

There are fears that the bill, called the Invest to Protect Act 0f 2022 is just the first step in nationalizing police. It gives the federal government more control over what happens on the local police department level.

In a recent Independent Sentinel editorial column, the author wrote:

“It includes language around police accountability that would allow the Justice Department to have preferential consideration over which police departments are permitted to receive the grants.”

It continued:

“This gives the federal government control over local police with the funding they need. It’s the beginning of the nationalization of police. It’s the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent.”

Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?
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Having too much federal oversight means that the government will have direct control over local policing issues. This is a dangerous precedent.

Far left, ultra-progressive Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar recently said in a statement regarding the Act:

“With this package, House Democrats have the opportunity to model a holistic, inclusive approach to public safety, and keep our promise to families across the country to address this issue at the federal level.”

Another Hidden Democrat Agenda

There is also a theory that the Dems are pushing the bill just before the mid-term elections to rebrand and improve their decomposing image.

Numerous liberal political leaders throughout the country have spent the last two years crying to ‘defund the police’. Some went as far as to propose to abolish the police force altogether.

A look back into some the Democrat statements to defund the police goes way back. Here are just a few that were posted on Jim Banks, Chairman website:

Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?
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 Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMNJune 9, 2020. ‘The ‘defund the police’ movement, is one of reimagining the current police system to build an entity that does not violate us, while relocating funds to invest in community services. Let’s be clear, the people who now oppose this, have always opposed calls for systematic change.’”

No surprise there, she’s been off her rocker since taking her government position.

Here’s another off base post:

 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 29, 2020. ‘Now @VICE reporting that @CBP is sending predator drones over #GeorgeFloyd protests in Minneapolis.
This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked.
We need answers. And we need to defund.’” 

AOC is among the most liberal progressives out there. Her views to defund the police have always been strong, despite New York City, her territory, is still having historic, sky-rocketing crime.

The Democrat push to the ‘defund the police’ seems endless.

Protesters in Dallas, texas march in 2020 to defund the police - Screenshot courtesy of Fox News on YouTube
Protesters in Dallas, texas march in 2020 to defund the police – Screenshot courtesy of Fox News on YouTube

How about this one:

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@nydiavelazquez) June 10, 2020. ‘Today’s police forces look more like armies equipped with weapons of war. A fed’l program from the 1990s sends surplus military equipment to NYPD & other police. Today, I’ve introduced legislation to end this initiative once and for all.’”

It is far better to be prepared and not need than to need and be unprepared.

Here’s another idealist with no perception of reality:

Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) February 22, 2021 ‘Defunding the police is about rebuilding our country in the image of our people — full of humanity, love, and care. Particularly for our kids and schools.’”

Bowman must have never met a hardened criminal before, or he buried his head so far into the sand that he really doesn’t believe evil exists. News flash- evil does and always will exist!

These are just a few of the countless social media posts by ultra-liberal Democrats to ‘defund the police’.

But now they are scrambling to change their tune and are pretending they never wanted to push the ‘defund’ agenda. But people remember, and the crime rates in liberal cities are just another indication.

Now Democrats are strategically passing this bill in a very convenient time.

Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?
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According to a Washington Post column:

“Some Democrats had urged passage of the package ahead of the midterm elections as a counter to GOP attacks that paint Democrats as anti-police. Moderate and vulnerable swing-district Democrats have argued that ‘defund the police’ language led to the party losing a surprising number of House seats in the 2020 election.”

Let’s hope the Democrats continue to lost steam and come back to reality. They can never be trusted as their always seem to have something up their sleeves. Hopefully, this new bill, if approved, won’t end up being another ploy for Democrats to manipulate the system to try to control the police.

Just let police do their jobs.

Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?

Every department needs to be refunded.

Refund the police: Activists absolutely outraged that as crime explodes, city police department will be getting re-funded

Posted March 23, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Police Department will reportedly be getting $269 million in the upcoming fiscal year, but not everyone is thrilled about the police budget.

According to a KCUR report, the police department’s funding outpaces all other city agencies and includes an extra $33 million.

State law requires that the police department receive at least 20 percent of the city’s general fund, but Kansas City residents and politicians are disputing how the extra $33 million should be utilized.

Mayor Quinton Lucas wants to use the extra money to create a community policing and prevention fund.

However, residents such as John Simpson, a member of the local social justice organization MORE2, don’t think the police should get any of it.

Simpson complained about the crime rate and police department. He told KCUR:

“We’ve kept putting more and more money into more officers. Our crime rate doesn’t really change and we still have a police department that doesn’t measure up.”

The mayor’s funding proposal would go toward increasing salaries and hiring more officers who would focus on community outreach and crisis intervention.

KCUR’s report noted:

“Nearly $4.7 million would go toward community outreach staff, which Lucas says could also support community action networks.

“An example would be the Westside Community Action Network, which pairs local residents with a code enforcement officer focused on property maintenance, two police officers and a neighborhood specialist partner to improve the Westside neighborhood.”

During a recent committee meeting, Lucas touted the idea that the entire community has an interest in prevention programs.

Like many other law enforcement agencies, the Kansas City Police Department has had to deal with an increase in violent crimes and staff shortages to address them.

KCUR reported:

“Discussions over the police department budget come in the wake of rising homicide trends in Kansas City.

“Councilwoman Melissa Robinson, whose 3rd District includes the department’s East Patrol Division, which has more homicides and 911 calls than any other patrol division, supports Lucas’ proposal — but only as long as it provides for reaching full police department staffing numbers, community policing and prevention, and effective violence reduction strategies.

“Staffing shortages have plagued the KCPD during the COVID pandemic. In 2021, it was short about 300 officers, which prompted it to cut down on its downtown foot patrols.

“Robinson also says the department needs to make sure it’s using the staffing and resources it already has at its disposal.”

Robinson reportedly questioned whether or not the police department was using its sworn officers “in a way that is efficient” and achieves the “number one goal of response time.”

As recently as last December, however, infrastructure concerns in Kansas City were a major priority for Mayor Lucas.

He told MSNBC:

“Priority number one is to address the crumbling infrastructure that we have…in every city in America — you have some bridge or some road that is incredibly dangerous and needs to be replaced today.”

Lucas also noted that public transportation systems need to be built up, including subways and buses.

MORE2 member Simpson prefers that the council create a fund to provide criminal justice reforms that protect the community and prevent the police from accessing that money, according to KCUR.

Simpson said:

“Use that excess [money] to make these changes and provide for these other kinds of programs — better education, mental health, housing transportation — and use it for that.

“And that fund would be controlled by the city. The police wouldn’t have anything to do with that.”

Talib Muwwakil, a member of the National Black United Front and the city’s police task force, also opposes the mayor’s ordinance.

Muwwakil complained about the police department:

“The Kansas City Police Department has been proven to be a very corrupt department, a very violent department. A very anti-human department.”

Muwwakil said that Kansas City needs to try different solutions centered on violence reduction and prevention.

For example, he suggested that addressing mental illness and “houselessness” could prevent violence:

“Let’s stop putting a band aid on bullet wounds. Let’s put some money to the side and address some mental illness.

“Let’s put some money to the side and address houselessness. Let’s put some money aside and address real issues that are plaguing our community, which leads to violence.”

Another issue is that Kansas City does not actually control its own police department, according to KCUR’s report:

“Unlike other major cities, Kansas City’s police department is state-controlled, a vestige of the [Thomas] Pendergast era.

“It’s governed by a five-member body, the Board of Police Commissioners, four of whose members are appointed by the governor. The fifth is the mayor, the sole elected member of the board.”

Mayor Lucas’ latest ordinance represents his latest attempt to exert some local control over the police department.

KCUR noted:

“In an attempt to wrest back some control, Lucas and the council last year voted to reallocate $42 million of the police budget to a community policing and prevention fund.

“The move drew swift backlash from police and GOP lawmakers, who decried it as ‘defunding the police.’ A Missouri judge ultimately stuck down the measure.

“But the consequences of that action by the council are still being felt. In reaction to the council’s move, the Missouri Senate recently passed a bill sponsored by Parkville state Senator Tony Luetkemeyer to increase the KCPD’s funding requirement from 20 percent of the general fund to 25 percent.

“Robinson says if that bill becomes law, the council would only have the ability to write a check for the department and give up what little control it has.”

Robinson told KCUR:

“If that is successful, I would just be voting to do what the state law says.

“And if people have issues with the police, if there are things that folks need to have a response for regarding policing, they have to go through the Board of Police Commissioners, because we just would not have any amount of direction or authority.”

According to the report, the police budget, which includes Lucas’ proposed $33 million fund, must be approved by the city council at its meeting on March 24.

If the council won’t approve the ordinance, it will then be removed from the budget.

We recently reported on the consequences of defunding the police. In New York City, an elderly woman was punched while reading a restaurant’s menu. Here is that report.

Fooling America: House Dems pass bill to start refunding the police, but do they have a hidden agenda?

The right move.

After attacking cops, the D.C. mayor just quietly refunded the defunded Metropolitan Police Department by $30 million

Posted April 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – De-fund. Re-fund. All it took was blood-curdling crime statistics to awaken the D.C. Council from its woke fairytale and admit the city needs police. A lot of police.

Ever since the council slashed $15 million from the Metropolitan Police Department’s budget in July 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser has presided over a lawlessness that is turning the nation’s capital into a criminal paradise.

 

But on April 4, Bowser all but admitted that pandering to the Black Lives Matter movement did nothing to improve the safety of the district’s residents, nor improve their quality of life in any way.

During a press conference, Bowser and MPD Chief Robert J. Contee III outlined a $30 million public safety initiative for the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget that will create safer streets for residents and visitors and centers around the hiring of 347 police officers. The initiative will see the hiring of 258 new recruits, 42 graduates of the MPD Cadet Corps program and the rehiring of 47 retired officers, bringing the force to a total of 4,000 sworn officers, WJLA.com reported.

The budget supports additional incentives, including:

  • Hiring bonuses for new recruits and for converting cadets who join MPD in fiscal year 2023.
  • Temporary housing stipends for new recruits living outside of the District.
  • Expansion of the Vehicle Take-Home Program for MPD officers who are D.C. residents.
  • Tuition reimbursement grants within the Police Officer Retention Program, which provides a one-time incentive for officers at the time of their careers that they are most likely to leave through resignation or retirement. The enhancement also funds opportunities for members without existing student debt to continue their advanced education.
  • Investments in staff to support the officer-wellness program and in leadership-development efforts.
  • MPD leadership training to create a “Legion of Leaders” within MPD that would build an academy to enhance opportunities for MPD ranking members to participate in external training initiatives, including law enforcement-specific programs as well as non-law enforcement management programs.
  • Enhancements for the expanded CCTV network and video evidence management.

Bowser, who is up for reelection this year, said a fully staffed and funded force will improve response times, increase presence in neighborhoods and make and close cases. The mayor stated:

“This budget does what D.C. residents all over our city are asking me to do – get our Metropolitan Police Department fully staffed and resourced with the officers they need to keep our community safe.

“As we get back to 4,000 officers, we’re focused on hiring DC residents to be DC police and we’re also focused on hiring more female officers. And our cadet program helps us do both. Combined with our investments in non-police prevention and intervention efforts, and combined with our investments in recreation opportunities for young people, this investment in MPD is going to help us build a safer, stronger DC.”

As Mayor, Bowser applauded the nationwide BLM riots that left cities in flames, entire blocks looted and police and private citizens attacked and killed.

In June 2020, Bowser allowed “Black Lives Matter” to be painted in enormous yellow letters on the street that leads to the White House, where protesters had been demonstrating following George Floyd’s in-custody death in Minneapolis. Bowser said at the time:

“There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city. And it is that message, and that message is to the American people, that Black Lives Matter black humanity matters, and we as a city raise that up as part of our values as a city.”

Bowser continued to make good on her promise to defund the police department by cutting its 2022 budget by a further 6 percent.

“We fund the police at the level that we need it funded. And my [city] council has my current budget proposal in front of them to give every neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the police support that they need. And so my budget doesn’t fund it a penny more than we need and certainly not a penny less.”

A surge in violent crime followed the budget cuts. According to the police department, violent crime in total rose 3% last year from the year before, from 4,004 incidents in 2020 to 4,117 incidents in 2021.

Homicide rose 14%, from 198 to 226. Assault with a deadly weapon was up 3%, from 1,631 to 1,675. Robbery was up 2%, from 1,998 to 2,040. Sex abuse ticked down 1%, from 177 to 176 in the time period.

Total property crime rose 3%, from 23,666 to 24,296. Vehicle theft was up 8%, from 3,262 to 3,515. Theft from vehicle rose 5%, from 8,285 to 8,690.

Theft (other) fell less than 1% from 10,928 to 10,915. Burglary fell 1 % from 1,178 to 1,172. Arson saw the biggest drop, down 69% from 13 incidents to 4 incidents.

Chief Contee noted at the press conference:

“Mayor Bowser’s budget makes critical investments to ensure the Metropolitan Police Department can return to a stable staffing position that supports the police work that our residents and communities want. However, policing is only one part of the citywide public safety plan, and her proposed budget continues important investments in violence prevention programs and alternatives to police responses.”

The investments in MPD are in addition to $80 million in violence prevention and intervention initiatives included in the total budget. These efforts build on a $59 million investment for fiscal year 2022 that includes services to assist 250 residents who have been identified as being at a high risk for gun violence.

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