Democrat ‘Squad’ Members Unveil Bill to 'Defund the Police'
Progressive lawmakers announce federal legislation
Far-left Democratic 'squad' Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) announced federal legislation to defund police and set up reparations for people who are either black or harmed by law enforcement.
Both Tlaib and Pressley are sponsors of the BREATHE Act, which was announced on a Zoom call.
“We can start to envision through this bill a new version for public safety — a new vision for public safety, one that protects and affirms black lives,” Tlaib said.
Pressley did not speak on the Zoom call because of technical difficulties.
But the BREATHE Act is not likely to pass the Democrat-held House, which approved a police reform bill in June following the death of George Floyd.
But the defunding police bill has not got the support fo many Democratic leaders.
The bill came under fire not reducing police union's power that protected officers from being fired from the force.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently said it was a “local decision” to reallocate police funds.
President Donald Trump called the idea "ludicrous."
According to an overview of the BREATHE Act, it will:
Slash federal funds to local police
Spend the money on social welfare, health care, education, and environmental programs.
The bill will also “Eliminate federal programs and agencies used to finance and expand the U.S. criminal-legal system, such as the Department of Defense 1033 [surplus equipment] program, the Edward Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program, Community Oriented Policing Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
The bill also demands the abolishment of "electronic monitoring, including ankle monitors” while making “recommendations to dramatically reduce the Department of Defense budget.”
It also offers 50 percent federal match of federal-local savings from closing prisons, while incentivizing states to close “gang databases.”
The legislation also includes the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas),
It also proposed a separate reparations program in honor of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., who died in a 2014 altercation with a police officer.
Leslie McSpadden said she was “most proud about” the reparations section named in honor of her son.
The bill “will provide reparations for survivors of law enforcement violence, and the families of people killed by the police and the carceral system,” she said.
“We know that the majority of the cases do not generate significant media exposure or public support. And those families may struggle to pay legal fees, access affordable mental health counseling, or even meet basic needs.”
Meanwhile, Far-left Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) demanded that America's "economy and political systems" are torn down.
According to Omar, "dismantling" the "criminal justice system" in the United States doesn't go far enough, insisting that "we cannot stop" there.
The controversial lawmaker made the remarks during a press conference at the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus event in St. Paul, Minnesota, which centered around the Black Lives Matter movement.