Hannity: Left wants to end social turmoil by eliminating police
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
When addressing the social upheaval resulting from Minneapolis white police officer Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd during a routine arrest by unnecessarily applying his knee on the African American’s neck, Fox News’ Sean Hannity commented on how the left wants to do away with police and form armed bands of citizens instead.
The conservative host of The Sean Hannity Show was referring to the Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York, who anticipated via social media the left’s next move in the racial tensions caused by Floyd’s tragic death.
“Maybe it's time for some enterprising blue-state municipality to go bold and eliminate its police force,” York tweeted Thursday. “See what happens.”
Outright abolishment of the police a solution?
Hannity commented on the serious nature of the tweet by York – who is also a Fox News contributor and author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
“This is now … this is the big move of the left – now it's time to get rid of the police forces.” Hannity said on his show while reflecting on York’s tweet.
He recalled one group’s call to take over for the police … while anticipating the problems it could incur.
“Well, I know Black Lives Matter says that they want to literally police their own community – quote their words – and that they are going to police it, and with armed citizens and militias, it sounds like to me,” Hannity recounted. “I don't think that's a very good idea. What if the police didn't show up one day – what if they had a sick out? What do you think would happen?”
Where will anti-police attitudes lead?
As anti-police sentiment abounds amidst the Floyd protests, former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bogino is worried about how gestures such as the NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea apologizing for officers showing racial bias and using excessive force, along with a Philadelphia restaurant apologizing for offering police officers a free mail – following public outrage – is leading America down a dangerous road.
"I'm genuinely worried [about] where we're going with this,” Bongino told Fox & Friends, according to Fox News. “This anti-police, fomenting, festering attitude that is now exploding – I don't know where the general population of the United States thinks this is going to go."
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New York City and Los Angeles are also among the cities that have promised to defund, if not dismantle, their police departments in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to take $250 million away from the LAPD "so we could invest in jobs, in health, in education and healing …. Those dollars need to be focused on our black community here in Los Angeles, as well as communities of color, in women and people who have been left behind for too long."
New York is looking at similar cuts; and in Minneapolis (read below), the city council members are calling for the dismantling of the police department.
Colorado-based radio talk-show host Jeff Crank says the liberal leaders in these cities are following the ten-point plan put out by the anarchist group Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement. The second point of that movement, as Crank points out, is to "destroy the state, police, military and corporations."
"You talk about the destruction of an urban area – or of any area – is to just take the rule of law out," he describes.
Those with the means to flee from the anarchy will certainly do so, Crank predicts – adding that those who remain will pay the price.
"… Five years down the road, after there have been a lot of people's lives destroyed … [people who] won't have the resources to move – they're the real victims in this," he states. "[Those are] the people who are supposed to be helped by these idiotic social policies.
"This will be another bad, miserable social experiment," he concludes.
He went on to note how – despite the backlash over the Minneapolis incident and continual negative media coverage – an overwhelming majority of Americans support law enforcement, but he showed concern about the volatility of the current situation.
"Do you understand that there's this paper-thin line between mass chaos and civility … and I mean paper-thin?” Bongino asked. “In the last week, you got a taste of how thin that is – you got a taste of the chaos.’”
The former cop stressed how law enforcement actively strives to tighten its bond with the people it is committed to protect and serve.
"As a matter of fact, it's highly recommended for police supervisors, managers, sheriffs and the like to do forms of community outreach – to develop bonds with people in the community," he explained. "Black, White, Asian – it doesn't matter – they are all members of the community. That way, when something does happen, you have those pre-existing channels for people to talk to to avoid, you know, any kind of civil unrest or disturbance."
He commented on how some bad cops unfortunately slip through the cracks and spoke about the handling of the continuing protests, riots, looting, attacking of cops and police use of excessive force.
"Obviously police departments all over the country and all over the world have always had issues where – you know – occasionally bad apples do really dumb things, but … we are in the middle of a really bad situation right now, and is [Shea] going to apologize, as well, for the three-day delay of the NYPD management in conjunction with Mayor de Blasio that got a lot of people's businesses destroyed and a lot of people hurt in Manhattan as well?"
Bongino said he has no problem with police departments publicly acknowledging they have some “bad apples in the bunch,” but suggests that they “get back to some state of normalcy where people can go out and legitimately protest …"
"I'm not sure about what [Shea] was saying about apologizing for [a] history of racial bias as if it is a systemic problem [within] the NYPD, [but] I will be honest with you – that was not my experience when I was there," the ex-cop assured. "Every department has [its] bad apples, and that's a shame. You need to do your best to get rid of them – your absolute best – but, I did not experience in any way, shape, or form some mass form of racism in the NYPD when I was there at all."
Minneapolis purging cops?
In line with the left’s anticipated agenda mentioned by York and Hannity, Minneapolis City Council members are calling to “dismantle” their police department and to “rethink” public safety over the Floyd incident.
As a representative of Minneapolis’ Ward 5, Jeremiah Ellison – son of the first Muslim representative in the House, the current Attorney General Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) – is calling for some major changes in law enforcement.
"We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, and when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together,” the younger Ellison tweeted. “We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response – it’s really past due."
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender agreed with Ellison’s radical measures.
"Yes, we are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety," Bender affirmed via Twitter.
Earlier in the week, the local official posted a thread asserting how a “white person” should consider doing away the police force.
"If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police, I invite you to reflect: Are you willing to stick with it?” Bender wrote, according to a separate Fox News report on Wednesday. “Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system? I mean this quite sincerely & seriously: just look at recent conversations about City-funded neighborhood organizations to understand how explicitly we would have to work to establish alternative systems that do not replicate the same problems. White ppl need to show up for this."
After public calls to “defund the police” a day earlier, Bender appeased protesters.
"I support continued diversion of funds from law enforcement to other priorities," she declared Tuesday.
Minneapolis Police Union President Bob Kroll denounced local violence, calling riots attacking cops and local businesses a “terrorist movement,” while describing elected officials’ denunciation of the entire police department as “despicable.”
"Our chief requested 400 more officers and was flatly denied any," Kroll tweeted. "This is what led to this record-breaking riot."
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