Amid all the talk from Democrats and their far left allies about defunding the police, this being the desired end to months and months of demonizing cops as racists on the hunt for young black Americans, and end that includes redirecting those funds to many of the same non-profits pushing for defunding, there’s little emphasis on what the black community actually wants.
Gallup did a recent survey on the topic and Fox News’s Laura Ingraham shared those results in a segment featuring Ben Carson, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Trump, who wondered out loud whether Democrats might be looking to do away with police so they can replace them with the military.
An extreme thought until you look to the reaction in Washington, D.C., following the Jan. 6 protest that went too far. The National Guard was brought in and kept in place well after any threat had subsided — so much so, that some Republicans began calling the U.S. Capital complex “Fort Pelosi,” after 81-year-old Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle,” shared that 81% of black Americans wanted the police officers to spend the same amount of time or more in their neighborhoods, according to the Gallup survey, noting that amid the orchestrated messaging against police, cities across America are in a free fall” when it comes to crime.
“Well, obviously the people who need the police the most are the people who are in dangerous situations like many of these inner cities,” Carlson said. “When you stop and think about what the police go through, we need to just learn how to be a little more compassionate and put ourselves in other people’s shoes.”
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“They get up every morning and put the uniform on, they don’t know if they’re coming back home,” he continued. “Every time the phone rings their spouse’s heart jumps up into their throat. And now you stop a car, you don’t know what you will encounter. The sad thing is, there are a few bad police but there are millions of encounters with police every week and you see only a very small number of these aberrant cases, but we take those and magnify them to make it seem like that is what is going on with everybody.”
The retired neurosurgeon said no profession would look good “if we judged them on the basis of a bad apple,” naming doctors, dentists, lawyers, and TV correspondents.
Ingraham remarked about a 7-year-old little girl who was just shot and killed in Minneapolis, where there is very little police presence following the death of George Floyd.
“What would you expect if the police are not able to do their job because there are so few of them because so many are retiring,” Carlson said. “I wonder and I hope it’s just an aberrant thought. I wonder if they are trying to make the police go away so they can call on the military and we can have the same kind of situation that was in Washington, D.C. after January 6th.”
“I hope we don’t get to that point. but this is the kind of thing that would set that up,” he added. “We need to understand there are consequences for these actions and we want to continue to have freedom and the only way can you have freedom is that you have order, law and order in the right proportions.”
Not that Carson didn’t agree that there are actions that can be taken to improve policing, including new nonlethal technologies and even community policing.
“I talked to a police officer who walks through the community every day and everybody knows him,” he said. “He never has to buy lunch. Everybody loves him. If there is a problem they tell them. Those are the kinds of things we can do.”
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