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Attorney General William Barr on Defunding Police: ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Wrong’

Attorney General William Barr on Defunding Police: ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Wrong’

“If you pull back the police from these communities there will be, there will be more harm done in these communities”

William Barr did an interview with Bret Baier of FOX News last night and was asked for his thoughts on the idea of defunding police. Barr made it clear that he thinks it’s a terrible idea.

He also explained in detail what it would look like if any city actually did this.

He suggested the consequences would be more chaos, crime and vigilantism. He also stressed that the people who would suffer most would be the very people activists claim to support.

Andrew O’Reilly of FOX News has details:

Barr, in FNC interview, calls defund police push ‘dangerous’ and ‘wrong’

Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday blasted calls from protesters and activists to defund police departments in the wake of George Floyd’s death – saying in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier that going after entire departments is “wrong” and “dangerous.”

Barr’s comments come as demonstrators in cities across the country are holding daily protests against police brutality and racial injustice. After Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in Minneapolis police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, a number of cities have proposed major cuts or reforms to police departments or – in the case of Minneapolis – moved to “dismantle” the force entirely.

Barr told Fox News he agreed on the need for changes in police departments to address the concerns of many people of color, but he stopped well short of supporting moves to defund departments…

“If you pull back the police from these communities there will be, there will be more harm done in these communities,” Barr said.

Watch the video below:

Polls show the idea of getting rid of police is deeply unpopular among every part of the population. So now we’ve got journalists and other assorted leftists suddenly trying to explain what ‘defund the police’ really means.

This is Yamiche Alcindor of PBS, a member of the White House press pool, acting as an interpreter:

The left has lost touch with reality and our journalist class has revealed that they were really activists all along.

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G. de La Hoya | June 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm

I always felt that a flat tax would put many tax professionals out of business. How many lawyers will be out of work without the cops? 😉

    Tom Servo in reply to G. de La Hoya. | June 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    That’s not the biggest problem the Dems have with this idea. The biggest problem is that if they go down this path, they start a war with the biggest and most powerful Unions in the country.

    This whole discussion would be silly, if it wasn’t so deranged and dangerous.

    The communist plan has been this:

    1-create the ghetto;
    2-profit from the ghetto until it’s in ruins (and share the profits among both political parties);
    3-turn the ghetto loose on popular culture and education;
    4-turn the destroyed ghetto inhabitants and the brainwashed young on the rest of the nation as a gang of extortionists;
    5-be in charge of the extortionists.

    It’s worked great. But it never counted on PDJT.

Any money taken from the police needs to be used to purchase weapons (guns) and training costs, then given to the citizens for self protection.

Planned Policehood… An essential service. Although, not quite a #WickedSolution.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Has anyone asked Barr about breaking up Amazon’s Monopoly?

Jeff Bezos:

Amazon ‘Happy To Lose’ Customers Who Oppose Company’s Support Of Black Lives Matter…….

Weazil Zippers

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | June 9, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    How much have the Communist Chinese paid Amazon?

    Chuck Ross

    NEW: China Daily, the propaganda outlet, paid WaPo more than $4.6 million and WSJ nearly $6 million to publish propaganda inserts since Nov. 2016.

    Also paid $260k to Twitter for advertising.

    Happy to oblige Bezos on that.

    Haven’t been happy with Amazon for several months, after they unilaterally changed Prime 2-day shipping and went to some “essential / non-essential” items system. Nearly every item ordered since March has taken at least a week to ship.

    Where I live requires some reliance on web ordering goods – so I prepared 2 identical orders – one for Amazon – the other for Walmart. Walmart was about $1 less on an $80 order. The differences in ease of ordering, speed of shipping, charging, have convinced me to move to Walmart from Amazon.

    Their “list” feature just works better. When I order an Amazon item from a list, it’s automatically deleted when I order it. Not so with Walmart. When I add an item from a list on Amazon, it takes me to the shopping cart every time – so I must navigate back to my list to order the next item. With Walmart, I can just scroll down the list and click “add”. Amazon sometimes gives me choices on shipping – where it pushes shipping consolidation – which in my experience is mostly useless and only delays shipment. I don’t think I’ve ever had a multi-item order with them that came in a single shipment. Their record is 8 shipments on a 10 item order. And they don’t charge the total order amount – rather they charge it incrementally, on a per-shipment and per-merchant basis. I’ve had as many as 5 charges on a single order – piecemeal – which really creates a ‘checkbook balancing’ headache for me (I use a spreadsheet). Not so with Walmart. They charge the order total and handle their ‘per shipment / per marketplace seller’ payments internally. They ship immediately – often Fedex – and in fewer shipments.

    Recently I’ve been preparing for the next 6 months – with the riots and all – I wouldn’t put it past the left to attack the power-grid – in fact PDJT has ordered they be protected. So I’ve bought a generator, transfer switch – and a few items to let us keep the lights on and cook in our rural home. An order for an 120VAC powered toaster oven from Amazon was $79 … for the nearly identical item from Walmart was $59. Likewise a hot-plate – better deal from Walmart. The hotplate I ordered Saturday – it was delivered Monday afternoon. If I’d have ordered from Amazon, it wouldn’t even be shipped until next weekend with their built-in 7 day delay on so-called “non-essential” items.

    All this to say – sorry – with recent changes and comparing competitors, the only thing Amazon is good for any more – is Prime Video (streaming) and movie rental – which I can do on Redbox (without an annual fee), OTA TV, and other streaming services through Roku (many free).

    Next up on the chopping block: Netflix. Miserable buggers …

      PS – we have a so-called “super Walmart” in town and did shop there before Covid. Since that time however, it’s been jam-packed from open to close. When we did shop there, we went during off-peak hours – and will resume when things open up again. Strangely, the off-peak hours approach is still working for us with Costco. It’s practically empty after 7PM. Dig it. 😉

      JusticeDelivered in reply to MrE. | June 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Amazon’s shipping scam caused me to switch to a variety of suppliers. No two day delivery means no more orders.

      And then there is their BLM crap. We will see how well that goes over. I noted something similar on Walmart.

      Businesses need to focus solely on delivering fair value, or losing business. Walmart is not as obnoxious, but they are on a slippery slope.

TheOldZombie | June 9, 2020 at 1:49 pm

We’ve already seen what attacks on police departments by politicians can do to a city.

Look at Baltimore and Ferguson. Both had riots. Both had weasel politicians. Both had crime spike after everything was said and done because police just didn’t want to deal with it.

Now the move to actually defund? What’s left of the police aren’t going to do anything out of fear of what will happen to them and their departments if something goes sideways.

Crime will skyrocket.

In my suburban neck of the woods, majority Democrat and with people eager to find out about any protests so they can join them (including protests outside the local police station), the defund police mantra is falling flat.

Jefferson Alexander | June 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Getting rid of the police is only half of their goal. They’ll replace them with roaming Antifa thugs.

Look around…they’re showing you exactly what’s in store for us & we’re letting them inch closer every day.

Silence is now violence
People are being called into managers for not posting BLM support on FB, twitter, etc

Unbelievable just unbelievable

    Geologist in reply to gonzotx. | June 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Gonzotx: You can try “Sorry, Boss, I don’t do social media. Of course, I fully oppose police brutality, but I can’t post anything.”

    It was a few years ago I’d heard some employers were requiring their employees to disclose their social-media accounts – a few even demanding employee passwords. Glad I’m retired and don’t do social media.

    Nevertheless it’s frightening to see the predictable outcome employer monitoring of employee social media accounts.

    Between government, corporations and institutionalized religion (501(c)(3)) what chance does a man have to live freely any more?

The Friendly Grizzly | June 9, 2020 at 3:18 pm

I can still get books from several on line sources. Same with clothing and electronics. What monopoly?

As for their Black Lives Matter stance: I am directing my custom elsewhere.

Barr has become Punxsutawney Phil: he has emerged from his borrow, saw his shadow, and will retreat to his den for another six weeks.

This guy has not prosecuted a single democrat criminal. NOT ONE.

    Building a case takes time – prosecutions even longer. PDJT and admin was on defense until early this year with impeachment. If prosecutions were to start now, and Dems were to win in November, every case would be quietly back-burnered and dismissed next year. I have to believe after PDJT is re-elected, arrests, charges and prosecutions will commence in earnest.

    In the meantime, we’re getting a good look at what D’s are all about. I’m very hopeful they’ll get curb-stomped in November.

Criminals don’t care about the effects of their demands on the wider community, they only want a free hand to do as they will.

I agree. We’ve seen what a public/rushed investigation turns into- defendant off the hook, all money wasted. I use DJT as the bellwether on AG Barr. If Trump was really unhappy with him, we’d know about it. I get the sense that Trump is happy with what Barr is doing behind the scenes, and I don’t want Barr or anyone else telegraphing their next moves.

It is a great idea. Destroy what little is left of their democrat utopia. Most of the whites will pack up and leave destroying the tax base and increasing segregation.