In addition to massive protests and violent, chaotic riots, the deplorable death of George Floyd has yielded another dangerous outcome: a concerted effort to defund police forces across the nation. And, like any popular leftist dream, this move has gained the support of a gaggle of A-list celebrities.

In an open letter, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors claims that in 2017, $194 billion was spent on the police by America’s various governments even as police have “continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities.”

Black communities are living in persistent fear of being killed by state authorities like police, immigration agents, or even white vigilantes who are emboldened by state actors. According to the Urban Institute, in 1977, state and local governments spent $60 billion on police and corrections. In 2017, they spent $194 billion. A 220 percent increase. Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer.

According to Breitbart, the letter has been signed by singers John Legend, Common, and Lizzo, and actresses Natalie Portman, Brie Larson, America Ferrera, Taraji P. Henson, veteran leftist activist Jane Fonda, and ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

Rather than funding police departments, the letter goes on to declare that funds should instead be diverted toward “building healthy communities” or  “to the health of our elders and children, to neighborhood infrastructure, to education, to childcare, to support a vibrant Black future.”

While looting and violent riots have plagued communities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, it has largely been the intensive police presence responding to these events that has drawn criticism from the left.

Until now, government officials have largely viewed the push to defund police as a leftist pipe dream.

“To see legislators who aren’t even necessarily on the left supporting at least a significant decrease in New York police department [NYPD] funding is really very encouraging,” Julia Salazar, a New York state senator and Democratic socialist, told the Guardian on Tuesday. “It feels a little bit surreal.”

In response to its police department’s hand in the death of George Floyd, the City of Minneapolis is even considering “disbanding” its police force.

Council Member Steve Fletcher took to Twitter to denounce his city’s police department, declaring that it is “irredeemably beyond reform.”

Bob Kroll’s letter yesterday to the Minneapolis Police Federation membership showed us what rank-and-file officers voted for in their leadership, and it is yet another sign that the department is irredeemably beyond reform.

— Steve Fletcher – Minneapolis Ward 3 (@MplsWard3) June 2, 2020

“Several of us on the council are working on finding out what it would take to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity,” Fletcher wrote.

I don’t know yet, though several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.

— Steve Fletcher – Minneapolis Ward 3 (@MplsWard3) June 2, 2020

According to the City Pages, Council Member Phillipe Cunningham retweeted Fletcher’s lengthy diatribe, saying police slowdowns after cut budgets had been his “exact experience as a council member.”

Council Member Alondra Cano also chimed in, simply saying, “The Mpls Police Department is not reformable. Change is coming. #Justice4George”

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