Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) is taking aim at elected officials who believe that defunding police departments is a workable policy position.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Torres took an apparent shot at members of the so-called “Squad” over their support of the “defund the police movement.”
When asked what he thought of Adams’ comments, Torres responded, “The defund police movement is dead in New York City and good riddance.”
“Any elected official who’s advocating the abolition or even defunding of police is out of touch with reality and should not be taken seriously,” he added.
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Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) backs Mayor Eric Adams and slams Dems still advocating Defund the Police:
"The defund police movement is dead in NYC and good riddance. Any elected official who's advocating the abolition or even defunding of police … should not be taken seriously." pic.twitter.com/zObtU7LsWu
— The Recount (@therecount) February 3, 2022
Those comments might make for awkward encounters with his fellow New York Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been a fervent proponent of defunding police departments.
In June 2020, she said in a statement, “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,” she added.
Several cities decided to “defund” their police departments after the 2020 killing of George Floyd. Some idealistic protesters in Seattle, Washington, also tried to establish a police-free community, but that ended after a wave of gun violence and sexual assaults erupted in the law-enforcement-free zone.
The results of the “defund the police” movement clearly show that it does not work.
According to CBS News, “Experts believe pandemic pressures and changes in policing tactics have contributed to the uptick in homicides.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) slashed the police department’s budget in 2020. But facing a surge in crime, she railed against the “reign of criminals” and “bullsh*t that has destroyed our city,” and announced a plan to crack down on crime.
Several other cities have reversed course and are re-funding their police departments.
As Torres said succinctly, any elected official who chooses to push for defunding police departments is out of touch with reality. All you have to do is look at the data to see that.
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