John Legend: Having Police & Prisons is ‘Destructive for Our Society’
Singer says more money should be spent on the “front end”
Leftist singer John Legend has been a prominent voice behind the defund the police campaign since the Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the US following the death of George Floyd.
Legend, who is also a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, argued that paying for police and building prisons is “destructive for our society.”
The singer said that additional money should be spent on the “front end” to generate success in more deprived communities.
He claims that such spending would create less need for policing.
"If we spend the money on the front end so that folks have a chance to succeed, then we don’t have to spend it on the back end, paying a bunch of cops and building a bunch of prisons and all these other things that are really expensive and destructive for our society,” he said.
Legend added that modern technology made police brutality more transparent and accused cops of lying about wrongdoing.
“We’ve come to the realization that these accounts from the police are almost never to be believed, particularly when they don’t admit any wrongdoing because almost every single time it doesn’t match up with what’s on the camera,” Legend said.
“Camera phones and social media have been a significant difference in this whole movement."
"These conversations and these uprisings have been happening for literally decades, and nobody believed us when we said this isn’t fair, we’re being abused, we’re being killed with no accountability.
"People didn’t believe us, and now they finally do because the proof is there.”
The singer urged protesters and activists to 'work hard' to make changes after demonstrations have died down.
“These protests are very important, and they get a lot of media attention and have been really moving for the country,” he said.
“But they start to kind of die down, and that’s when a lot of the work has to happen still.”
Legends' remarks come days after reports that leftist billionaire George Soros is linked to the "defund the police" movement.
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Neon Nettle reported the Soros-affiliated group had been involved in the “defund the police” movement as far back as early 2016 — way before the death of Mr. Floyd brought it to national attention.
But cities like Los Angeles saw a spike in homicides and shootings amid Black Lives Matter protests and calls from leftist officials to defund the police.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported a 250% rise in homicides and a 56 percent increase in shootings.