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After the murder of George Floyd, leaders on the far-left began demanding cities defund their police.
Democratic leaders in Congress hemmed and hawed before coming to the conclusion that defunding the police doesn’t actually mean defunding the police, but rather reforming.
However, when asked to formally oppose the movement to literally defund the police, Democrats in the House of Representatives unanimously voted down the resolution.
From Fox News:
House Democrats on Thursday swiftly defeated a Republican resolution opposing so-called autonomous zones and the push to “defund the police.”
The resolution was brought to the floor by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla. It called for justice for George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody last month touched off nationwide protests; condemned violence, rioting and looting; and called for Congress to “unequivocally oppose autonomous zones and efforts to defund the police.”
The resolution stated the importance of law enforcement in America’s communities, while noting that the job of law enforcement officials is “inherently dangerous” and that officers “put their lives on the line each day.”
The measure also condemned officers who abuse their positions of authority and supported peaceful protests, while opposing “autonomous zones” — like the one carved out of several city blocks in Seattle — and efforts to defund the police.
“What happened in Minneapolis we all know was a tragedy. Never should have happened. Wrong as wrong could be and his family deserves justice,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on the House floor Thursday. “There is a big difference between peaceful protest and rioting. There is a big difference between peaceful protests and violence. There is a big difference between peaceful protest and attacking police officers. And there is certainly a big difference between peaceful protest and forming CHAZ or CHOP or any type of autonomous zone.”
Jordan added that the resolution “strongly opposes what I think is one of the craziest public policy proposals I have ever seen: this idea that we’re going to defund the police.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said Thursday that “not a single Democrat voted in favor of this resolution.