Quick note for late night denizens of the discourse . . . Cowtown media doesn't seem to think there's much support for it but take a close look at Kansas City protesters and notice more and more signs to defund the police.
In 9 consecutive days of protest throughout Kansas City we've seen the conversation move beyond demands for "local control" and grow more strident in an instance that police shouldn't exist at all.
Here's some background and something to consider for the late night:
CNN Defund Promo
Instead of funding a police department, a sizable chunk of a city's budget is invested in communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs.
AOC Demands Police Defunding
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw her weight behind a growing movement to defund police departments that' has become a rallying cry for some protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death. The progressive firebrand put her stamp of approval on the far-left demand as a policy solution to combat police brutality and racial injustice during a congressional primary debate that aired Friday night on NY1.
New York Post Push Back
General rule for riots: They begin as protests that have an actual point but then descend into madness. Not only did the orgiastic masses do major long-term damage to the economic prospects of their own communities by rioting in cities across the country, not only did they shout angrily in tightly massed crowds as if they were actively trying to jump-start the coronavirus, but even the supposed thought leaders behind the riots were making radical and destructive policy proposals.
Progressive Defund Progress
For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. In Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, resident after masked resident lined up outside a public hearing on the city's budget. They waited, in some cases for hours, for their turn to share the same message with the city council: it was time to defund the police.
The Big Question
Hamblin: There are demands about defunding police. That seems like a far cry from where we are. Are there concrete things that people are asking for? Vitale: There's kind of a continuum for understanding what defined the police means and it doesn't really mean that tomorrow the police budget is zero.
And all of this inspires our playlist for tonight featuring songs from The Police given that we could be witnessing the last breath for American law enforcement as we know it . . .
As always, thinks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.