Recent events have reignited the push for the dissolution of law enforcement in the United States. The recent death of Daunte Wright has added more fuel to the fire for activists and lawmakers.
Minneapolis police stopped 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. When they realized he had an open warrant, they tried to arrest him.
The warrant was for an aggravated robbery charge, where, allegedly, Wright choked a woman he was attempting to rob while pointing a gun at her. He also attempted to reach into her bra where the money was stashed and pull it out. The warrant also states that he told the woman he would shoot her if she did not hand over the $820.
Wright resisted the arrest and attempted to get back into his vehicle. During the traffic stop, the officer who shot Wright states she thought she grabbed her taser, not her gun. The officer, who later resigned, maintains that the shooting was accidental.
In response, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, took to Twitter with baseless claims that this "wasn't an accident."
“Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MN)
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been very vocal in the past year about defunding police departments, threw in her two cents. She backed Tlaib's statements that the shooting was not an accident and agreed with her proposal.
“Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected ‘accident’ – it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order.”Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Former President Barack Obama, who initially did not support the movement to defund police officers, came out and said that we need to "reimagine policing and public safety." Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said, "I don't believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons every time they're making a traffic stop."
Democratic lawmakers insist on making dangerous claims with absolutely no proof and presenting it as fact. Dismantling police departments, the military, and the prison systems will not solve any problems. It creates far more, as does stripping officers of their weapons while they do traffic stops.