After losing seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and most likely not taking control of the Senate, it seems some Democrats are angry with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her defund the police mantra.
“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her support for “defund the police” Thursday night after a number of Democrats credited the slogan, among other far-left policies she has championed, for their loss of seats in the House,” according to the New York Post.
“Democratic leaders complained that two issues closely associated with AOC — defunding the police and socialism — contributed to Democratic losses in House races last week…
“AOC defended her position when a 14-year-old student asked her during a virtual town hall meeting to define the meaning of “defund the police.”
“But she complained that too much funding is pumped into the NYPD at the expense of other preventive safety measures, such as mental health workers and school guidance counselors.
“‘I believe the path toward justice is a long arc. Safety is not just an officer with a badge and a gun,’ the congresswoman said.
“‘Our [police budget] is too high,’ she said, citing a $6 billion figure for the NYPD.
“She said unchecked spending on the NYPD “becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy” and crowds out spending on other needs such as housing and health care.
“Moreover, she said many of her constituents complain that “too many people” are killed by “police violence” — with protests erupting after the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”
For more, go to the New York Post.
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