“Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety”
Did you think we were finally past all the ‘abolish the police’ nonsense? Even Minneapolis is now spending money on new police officers after rejoining reality.
Yet in Ithaca, New York, Mayor Svante Myrick is trying to replace the police with something that will make progressives feel better.
Check out this gushing report from Wesley Lowery at GQ:
The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
It’s been nine months since the George Floyd protests thrust “Defund the Police” and other abolitionist rhetoric into mainstream political discourse, yet the results have been meager so far. While some municipalities have sliced significant chunks from their police budgets—$150 million in both Los Angeles and Austin, Texas—a Bloomberg News review found that about half of the nation’s largest cities saw their 2021 police budgets either increase or stay the same. Of those departments that have cut back police funding, the Associated Press found, defunding has been modest, not monumental…
And now, in a proposal announced today, the mayor of Ithaca, NY will attempt the most radical reimagining of policing in the post-George Floyd era so far: abolishing the city’s police department as currently constructed and replacing it with a reimagined city agency.
In a nearly 100-page report obtained by GQ, Mayor Svante Myrick will propose replacing the city’s current 63-officer, $12.5 million a year department with a “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety” which would include armed “public safety workers” and unarmed “community solution workers,” all of whom will report to a civilian director of public safety instead of a police chief. Under the proposal, all current officers would have to re-apply for a position with the new department.
Don’t you feel safer already?
Mayor @SvanteMyrick of #Ithaca wants to eliminate police dept. All the local libs who will celebrate, remember: When seconds count, a social worker is only minutes away. https://t.co/rXpuzqo5L0 via @gqmagazine
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) February 23, 2021
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air adds:
Putting civilians with no experience in law enforcement in charge of a police force (whatever you choose to call it) hasn’t worked out well in other places where it’s been tried. I don’t expect it will be that successful in Ithaca either. And the first time one of these unarmed “community solution workers” finds themselves running up against an actual bad guy with some firepower, I’m guessing you’re going to be hearing some demands for the cops to come riding back to the rescue.
The liberal media has been swooning about Myrick for years. Check out this 2012 report from the Media Research Center:
NBC Cheers Liberal Ithaca Mayor as the Next Obama
Touting the newly-elected mayor of Ithaca, New York, 24-year old Democrat Svante Myrick, on Wednesday’s NBC Rock Center, host Brian Williams drew parallels to Barack Obama: “He grew up a bi-racial kid with an unusual name. He went into politics. If that story sounds familiar, then you must meet the young man they must now call ‘Mr. Mayor.'”…
Introducing the segment, Williams told viewers to “think about what of this story sounds familiar.” During her report, correspondent Kate Snow promoted the comparison: “When he was in high school, Myrick’s grandmother gave him a copy of Barack Obama’s book, ‘Dreams From My Father.’ And for another bi-racial kid struggling with his identity, growing up without his father, raised by a white mother, he saw himself in that story.”
There’s even video:
How about a new rule? People who call for the abolishing of police automatically give up their right to be protected by police. If that was enforced, we wouldn’t have so many morons calling for this ridiculous policy.
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