Rep. Rashida Tlaib promotes ‘Defund Police’ petition

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib voiced her support of a movement calling to defund police departments all across the nation.

The Michigan Democrat referred to the “structural racism” she believes is inherent in the U.S. criminal justice system in a tweet on Sunday mentioning the #DefundPolice movement being pushed by Black Lives Matter in online petitions.

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“Know that it’s still both, but don’t let the who’ overshadow the decades of structural racism that has created the system that allows police officer after police officer off the hook for murder,” Tlaib tweeted, making a note about an earlier tweet in which she claimed that the “what” is more important than the “who” in the death of George Floyd.

“I just want us to dig deeper so that the #DefundPolice movement isn’t brushed aside,” she added.

She began a series of tweets on Sunday saying: “Instead of *who* killed #GeorgeFloyd, we should focus on *what* killed George.”

“Too many folks are confused when they hear we need to #DefundPolice. I ask you to engage in this debate with an openness. There is real validity in dismantling the current racist system that has led to this pain.” Tlaib added in another tweet.

“Enough is enough,” the Black Lives Matter website declared.

“We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police,” the site said. “We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.”

“George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them,” the BLM site continued. “We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken. We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive.”

As major cities across the country are reeling under violent protests, rioting, arson and looting in the wake of Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week, there is a growing movement to actually take funding away from all police departments. And besides the left-wing politicians like Tlaib supporting the idea, Hollywood stars are, not surprisingly, taking up the call to action.

Actresses Susan Sarandon and Emily Ratajkowski tweeted out their push for the movement, also being touted by the far-left climate-change activist group, the Sunrise Movement.

Actor Kendrick Sampson did the same.

The star of HBO’s “Insecure” claimed he was hit by rubber bullets when police closed in on protesters in Los Angeles.

Others also added the hashtag to their social media posts while many Twitter users questioned the wisdom of the demnds.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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