It won’t look good.
Representative Dan Crenshaw recently decided to comment his take on the defunding and disbanding of police departments and stated that doing it would be very bad for communities of color.
Crenshaw said, “Unfortunately, it’s more than an undercurrent, it’s more than just some fringe opinion. It’s happening across major cities.”
“Bill de Blasio has talked about doing it in New York City, the mayor of Los Angeles has done the same, talking about defunding the police and actually taking action to defund the police. We all know what happened in Minneapolis recently, where a veto-proof majority voted to dismantle and defund the police. So, it’s hard to imagine a worse way to help the communities of color that you’re seeking to help. Fundamentally … a neighborhood needs safety to thrive. If anybody is going to invest, if anybody is going to have a thriving business, if anybody is going to get a good education, the community needs to be safe. There are … no examples of a community becoming safer with less policing. All of the examples point to the opposite.”
He ended saying, “Now, we need good policing, and there’s smart ways to do that.”
He’s right on all accounts. For a place to thrive, there needs to be safety. If the police are disbanded, there’s no telling what could happen in poorer neighborhoods.
Watch a clip of his statement here.