Cities and communities across the country have been damaged and destroyed as some protests have turned into riots.
The protests and riots began last month in Minnesota after a video emerged of a now-former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, leading to his apparent death.
In response to this, Republicans introduced a resolution to condemn the violence and the calls to defund the police.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats blocked the measure.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
House Democrats unanimously blocked a resolution condemning acts of violence and rioting—including the “deliberate targeting of law enforcement officers”—in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Greg Steube (R., Fla.) late Thursday morning, condemned Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, calling it “inconsistent with the values and conduct expected of law enforcement officers.” The resolution also supported peaceful protesters, but it noted that protests have been “exploited by violent extremists” carrying out “acts of violence, looting, destruction of business and personal property, and additional loss of life.”
Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who supports the bill, said during a speech last month on the House floor that while Floyd’s death was “wrong as wrong could be,” there is a “big difference between peaceful protest and rioting.” Jordan also spoke against defunding the police, calling it “one of the craziest public policy proposals I have ever seen.”
“I think [the resolution] is consistent with where American values are, consistent with the problems we face, consistent with the serious situation we are in,” Jordan said. “If we allow this ‘defund the police’ concept to happen … it will not only be tough for police officers, we all know that, but the communities they serve—what will happen there is frightening.”
Several Democratic lawmakers have supported calls to defund police following Floyd’s killing.
Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota called for the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department in June, calling it “rotten to the root” and a “cancer.”
Last month, New York socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the proposed $1 billion in cuts to the New York Police Department were “not enough.”
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman said in a statement.
Pay attention to what’s happening here.
Again, it’s important to understand that not a single House Democrat voted in favor of a resolution condemning violence and rioting as well as decried efforts to defund the police.
With the uptick in riots and violence across the country, November’s crucial election could come down to law and order in our country.
And that would be bad news for Democrats.