Left-wing Democrats have stigmatized the policing profession with anti-law rhetoric, creating a recruitment crisis as violent crime rises across America, Representative Jim Banks, R-Ind said on Sunday.
Banks, head of the Republican study committee, told “Fox News Sunday” presenter Chris Wallace this funding alone will not help police departments deploy more officers to the streets to fight crime.
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“You can give them more funding, and that’s good, but if they can’t recruit people to be a police officer because we’ve branded one of America’s most honorable professions, then we’re at a dangerous point. And that’s directly related to the increase in violent crime across America, “Banks said.
Banks said some members of the left wing of the Democratic Party have helped stigmatize the police.
“When the Rep. [Ilhan] Omar says the police are rooted in evil and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compares police officers to Nazi stormtroopers, so it is very difficult for police departments across the country to recruit people to become police, ”a- he declared.
But Quinton Lucas, the Democratic mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, who backed a $ 42 million budget cut to the city’s police department, attributed the increase in violent crime to factors spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Lucas told Wallace that crime prevention and response efforts had been hampered by the pandemic and called the Republican articulation of the “defund the police” movement “a bit of a bogeyman.”
“There isn’t a mayor of a major American city who has made reallocation choices without first thinking about how we will continue to provide basic services,” Lucas said. “So how can we better deal with mental health and violence prevention? “
Lucas said he did not view the $ 42 million cut as “funding because an additional $ 45 million is added to the city’s police budget for crime prevention and response, social workers from the department, officers trained in crisis situations and community policing.