Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a nationwide momentum has built around de-funding police departments. Supporters of the movement say the money that was allocated for police departments will instead go to support community organizationslike health clinics, schools and housing authorities. The thought behind redistribution of those funds is it will build a better life for communities that are struggling with a trickle down effect on crime.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, who asked her what takes the place of the police department if it’s dismantled and who will respond to crimes or investigate them if there isn’t a unit in place to do so.
Omar dances around the question, saying, “A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved half of the homicides. And so, you can’t really form a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild.”
Tapper asked for more clarification, but didn’t get much.
“No one is saying that the community is not going to be kept safe. No one is saying crimes will not be investigated. No one is saying that we are not going to have proper response when community members are in danger,” she said. “What we are saying is the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore and we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place.”
Rep. @IlhanMN on “who investigates crimes” if the police department is “dismantled”:
“We have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism …. You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root." pic.twitter.com/OD3uZtfG8L
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 14, 2020