WASHINGTON, DC – From behind her shield of police, National Guard, and Secret Service at the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has called for an end to policing and imprisonment. The progressive liberal member of the “Squad,” called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization.”
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
Tlaib took on the role of jury Monday, declaring that the shooting death of Duante Wright during a traffic stop was intentional despite investigators’ initial findings saying it appeared to be accidental:
“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.”
I agree. Everyone should join themed gangs like in The Warriors and settle their disputes with street violence.
— Stonk Expert Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) April 13, 2021
The Michigan Democrat sent out the tweet as demonstrators gathered for the second night of protests and rioting in Brooklyn Center near Minneapolis in response to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Duante Wright. Officer Kim Potter fired her handgun when she meant to fire her Taser, according to authorities and video released of the incident.
Wright was stopped in Brooklyn Center Sunday night for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, officers learned he had an arrest warrant and tried to take him into custody. He struggled and re-entered his vehicle.
Warning: Graphic footage, including the shooting
Here’s the body camera footage of the killing of Daunte Wright that was just released. pic.twitter.com/A2X8qS8ZFH
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
The city’s police chief said he believes the officer meant to draw her Taser, but mistakenly pulled her gun instead. She fired one shot killing the young man.
Wright’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Brooklyn Center chief Tim Gannon comes back to the news conference and says, “the officer is afforded due process just like anybody else.” pic.twitter.com/UcMJbrRili
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 12, 2021
Tlaib has been a steady voice calling for the defunding and end of law enforcement and has thrown her support behind the BREATHE ACT, a bill yet to be introduced that would divest federal money from federal law enforcement entities, close federal detention centers, and incentivize the closure of state prisons, among a host of other things, according to the website.
Are you, a lawmaker, saying we don’t need law enforcement? If yes, what effective alternative institutions, organizations, agencies do we have to enforce the law if we do away with policing?
— Steve Boniface (@stevieray8450) April 12, 2021
The BREATHE Act is wide-ranging legislation resulting from a project led by the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 organizations. The bill is broken into four sections, as explained by The Detroit Metro Times:
I mean, Rashida literally wrote legislation on what she thinks policing should look like, you could comment on that instead of on tweets?https://t.co/eW6v8i1Ge1
— Adam Smith (@LaissezWhere) April 13, 2021
– The first section calls for divesting from police agencies like the DEA and ICE, banning surveillance technology, ending civil asset forfeiture, ending life sentences and mandatory minimum sentences, closing federal prisons, and decriminalizing and retroactively expunging both state and federal drug offenses, among others.
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– The second section calls for incentives for states to shrink or close detention facilities, removing police from schools, abolishing police gang databases, eliminating court fees and forgiving all court debts, repealing all juvenile offenses, and creating new intervention programs that would send specialists other than police to respond to 911 calls, among others.
“No more policing… and militarization” is rich when you’re surrounded by a fence, security and National Guard troops in the Capitol…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 13, 2021
– The third section calls for “social equity” in communities, including equitable funding for all schools, closing youth detention centers, developing school curricula critical of colonialism, more wraparound services for students, promoting environmental justice, providing safe access to water, creating pilot programs for universal basic income, providing access to education for undocumented immigrants, and modernizing all public schools, among others.
No more policing can begin when elected officials get rid of their police and security forces. We’re not doing this thing where we have no policing, but y’all are protected to the hilt.
— SoCalConservativeGal (@SoCalViews) April 13, 2021
– The fourth section calls for reparations for those incarcerated including enfranchisement to vote, creating a public financing program for campaigns powered by small-dollar contributions, incentivizing states to increase voter turnout, allowing undocumented immigrants to vote in local and state elections, and holding officials and police officers accountable, among others.
No more policing and incarceration? Seriously embarrassing that this is an elected official
— Gen Z Moderate (@GenZ_Moderate) April 13, 2021
Showing her support for the legislation, Tlaib tweeted:
“We must invest in a new vision of public safety. Today, I am proud to join the calls coming out of one of the largest movements for justice that my district and our country have ever seen to say unapologetically. I support the (BREATHE Act).”
We must invest in a new vision of public safety.
Today, I am proud to join the calls coming out of one of the largest movements for justice that my district and our country have ever seen to say unapologetically:
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 7, 2020
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) called the BREATHE Act a serious efforend t to compete in the Woke Olympics” that could only be improved “with a shredder.”
In her statement on Monday, Tlaib indicated that the policing system in the United States should be ended because it could not be reformed as it is “inherently (and) intentionally racist.” She also suggested that police actions are part of a “government-funded murder” scheme.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) supported her fellow squad member tweeting:
“From slave patrols to traffic stops. We can’t reform this.”
From slave patrols to traffic stops. We can’t reform this. https://t.co/Z4JV3iWUKF
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 12, 2021
Protests exploded across Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis Sunday night, and again Monday night, with hundreds of protesters clashing with police at the Brooklyn Center police headquarters. Police had to use tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets to disperse the violent crowd. Left behind were smashed police vehicle windows and a vandalized headquarters sign.
First flash bangs of the night and now it looks like gas is being deployed. That last one got real loud.. pic.twitter.com/Ad9LBkrlVZ
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) April 13, 2021
Police have reported that about 40 people have been arrested during the violence, some officers were injured, and there were a few instances of looting.
The shooting came during a time of high tension in Minneapolis between police and minority groups as the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin entered its third week of testimony. Chauvin is charged with the killing of George Floyd just ten miles from where Wright was shot.
Minneapolis has been the scene of constant violence from Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other left-wing groups since the Memorial Day death of Floyd. His death also sparked protests and violence in cities like Portland and New York City.
The BREATHE Act was named after the Floyd incident. Floyd was heard on video calling for his mother and saying he could not breathe while being held down by officers. The cause of his death has been at issue in the trial.
The defense claims he died from asphyxiation from Chauvin’s knee pressing on his neck. The defense claims his death was related to drugs, including methamphetamines, found in Floyd’s blood.
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Author: Scott A. Davis