Prominent Democrats appeared to have parted ways with radical left MP Rashida Tlaib because she called for "no more police" after the Sunday night shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
Tlaib, who represents the Detroit area, claimed that the police shooting "was not an accident" and that "the policing in our country is inherently and deliberately racist".
It wasn't an accident. Police work in our country is inherently and intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was confronted with aggression and violence. I'm done with those who condone government sponsored murder.
No more police work, imprisonment and militarization. It cannot be reformed.
– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter, who shot Wright and resigned after the incident, was charged with second degree manslaughter in Wright's death.
Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who has also resigned, alleged that the shooting was an accident and that Potter intended to fire her taser instead of her pistol.
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The colleagues from Tlaib reject the abolition of the police
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Some of Rashida Tlaib's colleagues resisted their calls for the police to be abolished.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said to Erin Burnett during an appearance on CNN, "Congress is a big tent," and Tlaib was entitled to her opinion, but black Americans want good police.
Jackson Lee said, "I think it's important to realize that as African Americans we are filled with officials in our community, in our families. And we support the idea of good policing. And I think that's the same place as Vice President Harris and President Biden, you are for good policing. "
On another CNN appearance, James Clyburn (D-SC), whip of the house majority, said that while he can understand Tlaib's frustrations, he does not agree to abolish the police, and Jackson echoed Lee's views.
Clyburn said to Anker Don Lemon, "We must have cops" and "I come from a culture where people honor the police, but they want good policing." We don't honor bad cops. "
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– Newsmax (@newsmax) April 14, 2021
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CNN commentator Van Jones tended to support Tlaib's claims but did not express a desire to end all policing.
Jones called the "methodology" used by the US police force "stupid, dangerous and discriminatory".
Jones approached those who asked why Wright did not consent. Jones' answer was that there are two Americas:
"If when you see a cop you see all these guns and you don't see the badge, it's because experience has shown that they don't approach you with respect. They don't come towards you with confidence. They come towards you with violence When people see someone approaching them armed who has never treated you with respect, you can panic. "
Jones added that it's “stupid to have all these cops with all these guns and tasers and pepper spray and batons and guns and dogs and drones out here and pull people over for as little as possible, what do you call that, your taillight is off? "
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Law enforcement responded to Tlaib's comments
Detroit Police Chief James Craig was not satisfied with Tlaib's comments on law enforcement.
In a statement to the Associated Press, he called Tlaib's comments a "disgusting knee-jerk reaction".
He also stated: "This was a tragic incident and it should never have happened. But when these tragedies happen, you shouldn't just get to the heart of the profession."
Craig also told the Detroit News:
“Saying that the police should be abolished does not take into account the people in our neighborhood who rely on the police to provide services. What is happening to these people? What about the victims? The people who live in our city don't want to abolish the police, so the million dollar question is who is representing (Tlaib)? "
A Gallup poll conducted last August shows that 81% of African Americans want the same or greater police presence in their neighborhood.
From slave patrols to traffic stops. We cannot reform that. https://t.co/Z4JV3iWUKF
– Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 12, 2021
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