In the wake of the Daunte Wright shooting, progressive “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) is facing backlash for making the rash call for “no more policing.”
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed,” Tlaib wrote in a tweet Monday night.
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
She didn’t get off scot-free with this one.
Even some of her democratic colleagues distanced themselves from her radical point of view.
“We definitely need reforms in the space of qualified immunity, but I am not in the camp that says, you know, we should disrespect police. We should reform police where police are necessary,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said in a statement to Fox News.
To no surprise, representatives on team-right were quick to push back.
“Insane. ‘No more policing,’” Ted Cruz wrote in response. “It doesn’t get more explicit than this that Democrats want to abolish the police.”
“No more policing”
It doesn’t get more explicit than this that Democrats want to abolish the police. https://t.co/GPYF9qkpmg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 13, 2021
“If you don’t want bad guys in jail or police protecting our cities, why don’t we start with your district and see how it goes?” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted.
If you don’t want bad guys in jail or police protecting our cities, why don’t we start with your district and see how it goes? https://t.co/drDfB7qx7u
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 13, 2021
The egregious idea comes after a black man, Daunte Wright, was shot by a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
In a statement, Brooklyn Center Police said officers stopped Wright shortly before 2 p.m. After discovering the driver had an outstanding warrant, officers tried to arrest him but he got back into the vehicle and drove away.
An officer fired at the vehicle, striking Wright. Police said the vehicle continued on for several blocks before crashing into another car.
This all happened not far from where the Derek Chauvin trial is currently taking place. Chauvin is the police officer charged with the death of George Floyd, which sparked the national outcry to “defund the police.”
But, it’s critical to consider the facts: “getting rid” of police is not the answer, and will only make things worse.
When proactive policing and public-order enforcement are denounced as racist, officers do less of those activities, as reported by City Journal. Consequently, when crime rises as a result, officers are charged with racism.
“The year 2020 likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in U.S. history,” Heather Mac Donald wrote. “The local and the national crime increases have the same cause: making the avoidance of disparate impact the guiding principle of law enforcement.”
“Given the vast disparities in crime commission, however, law enforcement will inevitably fall heaviest on blacks,” she added. “But crime, too, falls heaviest on blacks. In order to protect law-abiding minority residents, officers have to operate more intensively in minority areas.”