There’s been a lot of talk of defunding the police…

Much of it has come from celebrities who have state of the art security systems, panic rooms, gated entries, private security and body guards, and send their children to private school….

But I digress…

So defund the police…

I’m a little slow to think this morning…

Let me warm up with something I rarely talk about…

2001 was set up to be a banner year. I had a great job. I was getting married. I was able to go to Bora Bora which had been a lifelong dream, and I was pregnant with my first child.

And then there was that day in September.

Changed my whole outlook on life.

I remember actual fear as I walked home that day- scared of which way to walk because I had absolutely no idea what was to happen next.

The vision of a man covered in rubble will be seared into my brain forever…

This day changed everything for me

Flash forward…2020…

I have not had a good nights sleep since 9/10/2001…

I tell my daughter that I love her every time she leaves…every time…because I fear that I might not ever see her again…or that she might not ever see me again…that an act of terror will take one of our lives…

My husband normally works on the 59th floor of a building in lower Manhattan…I fear every day that a plane will fly into that building…

There was a garbage can bomb explosion on a street in Manhattan- directly down the block from where I live…so close to me that I actually sent out an email blast to everyone I knew…

This is my own particular experience. My own particular form of PTSD. It is what I can authentically write about because it is my thoughts and fears. I don’t expect anyone to understand this. I don’t expect anyone to empathize. I totally get that there are people who will think I’m crazy.

And when I think about that day, my experiences, my fear, I can’t help but think about law enforcement officers…

They ran towards those buildings that day..

They didn’t care who was in there- what color, what creed, what religion, what gender…

They ran in..

some lost their lives…

State police came down. Left their families for long stretches of time.

To try to keep order in a place that was devastated.

To try to protect us.

And flash forward…

If I have PTSD, what do those officers have? How bad are their nightmares? They were there…

That’s not to forget about how many police officers have died from cancer directly related to exposure…

And the ones that fear the day that they get their diagnosis…

But I’m betting most of them would do it again. They took a job that put them in risk. Every day.

Because they just want to do good…protect and serve…

I will always think of them as New York’s finest…

So…

let’s go back to that talk about defunding the police…

But who are we kidding?

I think that’s the most ridiculous idea that I’ve heard in a long time.

If you want to have a discussion about what can be done better…I’m in.

But if defunding is the “goal”- then I’m out

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    1. Redirect has a different meaning. I’m willing to discuss how things can be done better. Defund means to take funds away leaving nothing. I am open to discussing how things can be done better. I am not open to discussing how they should do away with police officers.

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      1. What I am hearing is redirection, not defunding (although that word is being used). I am open to reimagining police in communities of color. Many options are on the table, including putting more money into the positive things I just mentioned. Some law-abiding people feel safe with the police, but obviously some do not.

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      2. As the literal definition of the word defund means to strip of funds, it’s probably not a great word to use for an idea that may have benefits. I’m going to blog tomorrow about how we can move towards positive change that will benefit the majority. I don’t like injustice if any kind. But I think it’s time everyone has a frank discussion about what’s happening. The goal is to make it better for everyone

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      3. I see you have a need to go on with this. That is what privilege does. Rather than taking the time for introspectionm, clarity and empathy for minorities, you are hung up on word choices and your personal orbit of experiences. The goal now is to make it better for people of color as we have long been denied systemic equity and unduly suffered, especially Black people who have been overpoliced for too long. That is going to change in my lifetime and yours.

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    2. The terminology is awful. “Defund” has horrible connotations. But as I understand it, it is about redirecting funds and reprioritizing how funds are allocated. The term defund is causing crazy issues, and rightly so.

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  1. As with many politically-charged issues, people are not thinking things through all the way and are assuming problems exist across a board that was drawn for them. :/ I loved your imagery of 9/11 and am sorry for your PTSD. I would react similarly.

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  2. ‘Defund’ is a bad choice of words for what I think people are actually wanting. ‘Demilitarize’ would be a better choice. Stop buying tanks and other military gear for the police and put those funds into education and social services.

    I read an article the other day about a city– Camden, NJ, I think– that did just that. Their murder rate was 18x the national average and they had a horrible problem with gangs and drugs. Their solution at the time was to just go in and arrest everyone. The crime just kept getting worse. So they took the radical step of dissolving the police force, re-directing a lot of funds to other services, and then re-forming the police. They rehired most of their previous officers, but only after they filled out a 50 page application, underwent psychological evaluations, and trained in de-escalation. They also re-framed their position in society as ‘guardian’ instead of ‘warrior. The result was a major reduction in crime, a massive drop in the murder rate, and a tiny fraction of excessive force complaints from 2012 to 2019.

    I don’t think it would be plausible for cities to entirely do away with police forces. We’re always going to have someone committing heinous crimes that are more than a community watch can deal with, and at some point, there will probably be some kind of disaster or other emergency that requires a trained group of people to keep things as orderly as possible. But the police aren’t military. They don’t need military weapons. We can take those funds and put them back into education, mental health services, libraries, and other services that benefit the community as a whole.

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    1. Defund is a very poor choice of words. I completely get figuring out better ways, especially in communities we’re there is a serious problem but the more we make it “us” vs “them” the more we divide ourselves. I’m all for great psych evaluations, all for community outreach and training. I’m for whatever keeps people as safe as humanly possible. All people.but we need to discuss possibilities before we toss around getting rid of

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    2. Didn’t the Minneapolis City Council recently vote to disband the police force?
      Defunding might be a poor choice of words—but I think that is genuinely what some people want.

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  3. The term being used is wrong, no one in their right mind wants to do away with the police. I think the police are being asked to do too many things that are not in the “protect and serve” wheelhouse. Social workers are better equipped to handle situations before they escalate to violence; so can we fund social services so that people are not stretched so thin that people fall through the cracks? As you well know good education, after school programs and tutoring would go a long way in providing young people with a solid start in life, so can we get better funding for schools in ALL neighborhoods? Being out of work can be demoralizing, not being able to feed your family or provide a safe place to live, so can we do better with help for this type of program?
    I had family members working in the aftermath of 9/11 sifting through rubble that was brought out of NYC and yes I want these people funded, but I also want people to feel safe just trying to live a good life. Redirect is a much better term, we have the national guard I don’t think our police need to be outfitted like the military with some exceptions.

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    1. Then we have to change the dialogue. Right now, as I wrote yesterday, is about trying to reach the people most willing to listen to what can be done better. If defund is still the word of the day, much support will be lost.

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  4. Your post gave me chills. I can’t imagine having been in NYC that day. Will never forget some of the pictures I saw of that day. The pictures are shocking enough, the reality would only be more so for someone who was there.
    I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a police officer that had served on 9/11..or the family member of someone that had lost their life on that day, or later on.
    I’m definitely not about defunding the police. I don’t even know how this would work.
    Where I live people want to defund the police 25%. Yet law enforcement all over the country is working overtime to manage the nonpeaceful protesters who want to cause chaos.

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  5. It’s as if we all live on a giant pendulum, and when we get pushed, the pendulum swings get escalated! Defund is to big a swing for me. I agree the problems that need to be addressed are at a community service level and we have people who work in those areas! Fund them! Poor communities need our help, donate money, give your time, support education, create jobs, etc. why aren’t we talking about this?

    I’m also so sorry for your PTSD! I understand your reaction to this “defund” campaign but it’s political and unrealistic. I’m with you, let’s figure out reasonable solutions. Be well, C

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  6. I agree with the earlier comments, defund is the wrong word to be using and unfortunately it’s clouding the message. Police are essential. How policing is done, how they are trained is the issue and I do believe some of that needs to change. The majority of police are selfless and caring but there needs to be more equity in community resources to solve social issues that police are forced to address and that’s where the money question comes in.

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    1. I wrote yesterday about how to sell something to people who might not know about the product or are uninformed. You have to sell to the people who don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t sell to the people who are already customers. How you get the message across matters

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  7. I have no problem putting more money into social services and education. I don’t think the change we want is going to happen overnight so I think funding for the police needs to remain the same. Stretching the police too thin isn’t going to make the problem better.
    I’ve thought about moving back to my hometown–the police there are already stretched too thin. I would never move back there if police funding were cut.

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    1. There has to be a logical plan. Sitting on the steps of city hall and expecting mayors to just agree is just not realistic. You can’t just say you’re going to take away funds without having a realistic path as to where to put them. Each city has to look individually as to what can be done better. But you need to give the mayors a chance to see what needs to be done

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  8. Defunding is nonsense, unless you’re sure what you’re going to replace it with and have community support and participation. Looters acted when they thought the police were preoccupied, imagine if there were no or fewer police. I do find Kim’s comment above very interesting about the NJ town, especially about them hiring back only some of the police force. I think a lot of the police brutality problem has to do with their culture and training and who they let in. They don’t show people respect, so no one respects them, so then then they become bullies in order to exert authority and it becomes ingrained in their culture. But I like that idea of guardians of the community – it’s a whole different aspect. Plus, you can redirect funds to different programs, but you can’t make people use them. For example, most of our cops time is apparently taken up with attending street drug overdoses, yet we have no rehab facility. If we take money away from the police and use it to fund a rehab facility, will addicts use it or will they just continue to deal and use drugs because that is the lifestyle they prefer? Police brutality isn’t just a US problem. Last week here in Canada in New Brunswick an aboriginal woman was shot 5 times by cops because she had a knife. They were called to her apartment for a Wellness check ie a mentally unstable person. Is it necessary to pump five bullets into someone during a wellness check??? I must assume they have all had mental illness training in their police course? And this happened after the George Floyd case, which makes it even more mind-boggling. Here they pick on aboriginals, not blacks so much.

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    1. I think the word defund has too many meanings and no one really agrees with which way they’re using the term. It’s like saying a joke, and then afterwards having to explain it. If it’s not evident, it probably shouldn’t be used. All I know is that nothing is going to get solved the way it’s being approached now. The first definition I found of defund is prevent from receiving funds. We can say it’s semantics, but isn’t everything?

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  9. I have no idea how ‘defunding’ your police service would work or how it would help with racial prejudice. Maybe consideration should be given to better selection and training of your police force. Great article, thought provoking

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  10. OH your post brought tears to my eyes! I know how badly I felt affected by 9/11 by just watching it on the news. Being in NYC at the time, I can’t imagine. Thanks for your honesty and sharing your pain and I agree with you 100 percent about the police!

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  11. LA,
    I’ve scratched my head over the term “defund” as well; and it is taking funds out of the budget set aside for the police and putting that money into other resources as NSHAMI14 mentioned. It’s my thought that instead of using the terms “re-direct” or “re-appropriate”, the use of “defund” sounds punitive. Since there is a lot of negative feeling toward some police officers who shouldn’t be police officers to begin with, or the police in general, this is the word being used. It’s to assuage those who feel like they want the police to be punished.

    Semantics aside, I’m frustrated by what this means. I do agree that resources should be made available to people who need them; however, there is a financial cost to this. Resources are rarely cheap or free. Paying for a police department and the humanpower it requires to run an effective police department is not cheap or free either. Often you get what you pay for.

    In a crisis situation, such as a domestic dispute, a therapist or social worker isn’t going to go out to someone’s house who they don’t know and try to intervene. To do that would be foolish and might just cost them their lives. You can’t help someone else if you’re dead or hurt. So even when a mental health team is called out to a disturbance (some police departments utilize them), the police still have to accompany them for their protection. That’s just common sense.

    Until a crisis is de-escalated and the people (in the disturbance) are able to think more calmly and clearly, there’s not a lot that can happen in terms of helping an individual short or long term. A social worker is interested in helping people find resources in their communities as well as counseling. Social work is based more on community needs. A therapist works with an individual or family to help them figure out what works best for them and to help them help themselves. This may simply mean coming to terms and acceptance with their life and doing the best with what they have. Mental health often involves diagnosis, education about one’s diagnosis and instruction in coping skills, some advocacy and a lot of listening and attempting to get people to advocate for themselves. In general, the idea is for people to learn to take care of their physical, mental and emotional well-being in as an autonomous way as possible, instead of lashing out at others or society in order to release their pent-up frustrations/ aggressions. This requires action on the part of the person needing and asking for the help and a change in their belief systems. It requires growth, maturity, an ability to discipline oneself and stop oneself when an urge or compulsion rears its ugly head, the desire and ability to use good judgment and the willingness to accept one’s limitations. The person has to want better for him or herself and it requires that one has a belief in a better future. It is hard to set goals and meet those goals when they are too vague or they are too unrealistic, therefore, unattainable. Others can’t do this for the person. A mental health professional can guide a person in that direction. A mental health professional cannot make that person work towards those goals. Also, people lie all of the time. Lying is a coping mechanism.

    Most people in distress (in general) want easy fixes because they’re in angst NOW and once that angst settles down, they aren’t interested in dealing with the hard work and long-term effort and slow progress it takes to change themselves and their circumstances. There are people who do and are successful. However, there are more who simply don’t want to change themselves. They want everyone else around them to change to meet their needs. Period. Life doesn’t work that way.

    Mental healthcare workers don’t offer easy fixes. As it is, it’s my understanding that resources are often provided to those in need or at least offered when a person goes through “the system.” However, even then, we can mandate that a person go through counseling for anger management, addictions, etc., but we can’t make that person actually embrace the program and work the program long-term. We can’t make someone who is addicted to a substance care about themselves or others. It isn’t until they often hit rock bottom, sometimes more than once, before they are willing to give up their addiction for something else. That doesn’t mean their lives are fixed when they begin recovery, that means they have to find different ways to cope with the same stressors that may have opened them up to substance abuse in the first place.

    We can’t make a person trust in something he or she doesn’t trust. Trust is a long-term bonding process. It is fragile. When one has had trust broken too many times, they often refuse to trust. That is a survival mechanism.

    We won’t even get into those people who have mental health issues that require compliance in taking meds even though meds don’t always do what they’re intended to do. Some people are not helped by talk therapy at all simply because their issues are caused by the way their brains are hardwired. Let’s not forget people who are psychopaths either. They exist and you don’t often realize who they are because they are masters at not showing who they are. These people cannot physiologically care. Their brains are not hardwired that way. Yet, they are human beings who have worth because humans are inherently worthy. These people can create wars, riots, chaos, destruction all around if and when they choose. Why? Whatever their reasons are, it makes sense to them and they don’t care what anyone else thinks. Even if they understand that what they are doing is wrong, that won’t stop them because they still won’t care; because, again, they can’t care. In real life (unlike movies or reality TV), there are damned few happily-ever-afters. No one gets 100 percent of what they want. Life is hard and it is not fair. I know people from all walks of life. I don’t know one person who hasn’t had it rough. No doubt, there are some that having it worse, much worse, than others.

    I guess all of this is to say, you can take the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Different horses don’t drink for different reasons.

    I have no solutions. I applaud those who attempt finding and implementing solutions. I also know that there is no solution that works for all of the people all of the time, however well intentioned. However, I can see how easily things can go from bad to worse. There are a lot of messed up people in the world and some of them wear badges. The less-messed up people of the world (and some of them wear badges, too) end up having to pay for the bad behaviors of those who really messed up.

    Social justice is about what’s best for the majority, not for the individual. As we evolve as a people, what is best for the majority changes, I suppose. What I do know is that we want to believe that each of our lives matter. I think the reality is that my life matters most to me, then maybe to my family and then outward from there to a lesser and lesser degree. So maybe we hail one person, now and again, who has made a great contribution to the greater good, but it has to be to the greater good before they are going to be cared about from the masses. Everyone has a different idea of what is best for the “greater good.” Few recognize exactly what that means, that it may mean that what is best for the greater good is not what’s best for them or a friend or a family member/s.

    People also want and often need to get along with their peers, especially when teamwork is required. There are so many who are more interested in getting along instead of making their lives harder by going against the grain. People are notorious for justifying what they do or don’t do. Everyone has a reason for their “why” that makes sense to them even though it might not be what’s best for the greater good when looking at the larger sphere/picture. Corruption is easy and it wreaks havoc on the best of intentions and that life has to offer. It puts everyone at odds. I believe this is why and where we are on so many levels. Again, I can sort of understand it, but I have no fixes for it.

    Sorry for the length. Thanks for letting me have my say. I didn’t realize I needed to say as much as I did. Mona

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    1. Thank you for expressing your thoughts as you did. If we want to change anything we need to talk about it as rationally as possible to find solutions that work for the majority. There is no easy answer. There is no simple solution. I don’t want to see any senseless death or assault. Any. I want to see people get along and peacefully coexist. But we have to stop hiding and talk. If I don’t understand something explain it to me in a way that I can begin to understand it.

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  12. @Waywardsparkles…excellent comment!

    I’m going off on a tangent here ….my sister is an alcoholic and has had numerous contacts with law enforcement. Some for disruptive aggressive behavior, an OWI, being passed out on a park bench. Sometimes she was arrested, sometimes not. When she is drunk she has no awareness of her own personal safety or no regard for the safety of others.

    I have to believe that a fair number of encounters with the police are fueled by alcohol or other types of substance abuse. My sister won’t stay in any program because she hasn’t found one that is free or low cost. For me(or my mother) to attempt to get the law to get her into a program seems almost impossible. The only hope I see for my sister would be a long term inpatient program…but since she can’t pay for this, it is likely she will continue to have encounters with law enforcement.

    I have no idea how the police spend their day, but I think until we really know that we might want to think twice before we want to reinvent they system.

    Derek Chauvin had a long disciplinary record—-this should be a learning experience to see what warning signs might have been there before George Floyd was killed.

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    1. Kate, my heart goes out to you, your sister and your family. I wish there was enough money in the world to provide everyone with the resources they need. In our society, we used to lock up the mentally ill and we still do when they’ve committed a crime. The prisons are full of the mentally ill. However, we (as a society) realized in the 1970’s that forcing people into mental institutions just because they were mentally ill infringed upon their inalienable rights. Those with mental disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar or substance abuse issues, etc. and those who are living on the streets have inalienable rights. It is their right not to live like most would like them to. It is their right not to take meds even if it would benefit them. It is their right to live the way they want to live as long as they are not putting themselves or others in imminent harm’s way. When they commit a crime, the police get called, they are put into the system and they are forced to deal with their crime. If they’re lucky and they are willing to accept, they’re also offered resources.

      My son has autism. He also has several other issues. He’s a big guy. He has meltdowns. Stuff gets broken in our home. It would be very easy for someone to be intimidated by him because of his size. It would be very easy for him to get caught in the system if he were taken to jail. He wouldn’t make it if that were to happen. He would be a sitting target. My family and I have gone through extraordinary lengths and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get him past his 20’s. He still has meltdowns, but rarely do they get to the point that someone other than my husband or myself have to intervene. Before he turned 18, we went through the court to get legal guardianship because we knew that at that time, we wasn’t able able to make adult decisions for himself. If he ever gets to that point, we will let legal guardianship go. When he was younger, we looked to the school district to help us get the resources he needed. However, even then, we had to pay out-of-pocket for so many doctors and meds and attorneys that I can’t even fathom right now. We literally had to fight the school district. The fact that we won only meant that my son was able to get more help paid for by the school district. It still cost us a fortune.

      At this point, I look at it as part of my job to keep him as much out of trouble as possible because he doesn’t have the ability to understand what “trouble” might really mean for him. This is part of my purpose in life–helping my son to the degree that I can before it’s time for me to kick the bucket. He’s a great guy and worth every penny we’ve spent. However, financially, life is harder as we get older. Again, this is the price we pay. I worry about the future, but I don’t dwell on it. As it is, there are fewer and fewer resources available to him and we have to pay for those. So, yeah, I understand about lack of funds and lack of resources and feeling frustrated and scared. We are doing the best we can. I have to leave most of this in God’s hands, though, because I can’t deal with it. I don’t expect God to fix our lives, though, if He’s listening and feels like it, I’m all for it. Other than that, I have no idea what will happen in the future, but we will keep trying to do what we can while we can.

      May God hold you and your family in His hands as well if you’re a believer. If you’re not, I don’t mean any disrespect to you or your beliefs. I just wish you and your family well.

      It’s my firm belief that if we don’t have a better complex system (that works) in place before we do away with the old one, we open the government up to anarchy and dictatorships or overthrows by other world governments.

      Derek Chauvin, like most criminals, will pay for his crimes. George Floyd paid the ultimate price. God knows, we’re all paying for Chauvin’s crimes, though. And things (hopefully some for the better) are changing, apparently — like a ban on chokeholds and maybe a policy that a police officer must intervene if he or she sees another police officer do something they shouldn’t be doing or hurting someone else. Taking funds away, though, I don’t believe that strengthens the police department or teaches them a “lesson.” I think you get what you pay for. God help us all if that happens.

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      1. What chauvin did is unconscionable. It literally makes me sick to think of what happened. Reform is needed. But if we keep stressing how different we are we will never be able to live together.

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      2. Waywardsparkles…another awesome comment! Thanks for your kind words. Best wishes to your family in the future in your journey with an autistic son. I am a believer, but some days it is tough

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  13. Again, sitting here in relative safety in northern Alberta makes me feel way out of my depths to comment on defunding police. But I was so touched by your story of 9/11. There was an American Air Force base near where I grew up in Newfoundland. My father worked there and many airmen became friends. There are many Americans who still own summer properties on the island. So, I feel an affinity for all of you. That day is emblazoned on our memories as well. To actually be in NYC that day and to live near ground zero must have been horrific. I have never personally had an experience that comes anywhere close. But I can and do empathize with you and with all victims of violence.

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  14. I already was of the opinion that defunding is just about as crazy as it gets on so many levels and for so many reasons. I finished your post with tears in my eyes. You personalized and put a face on the trauma people that live in large cities and our first responders cope with every day. Praying for you and all those affected.

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  15. First of all LA I feel for you, the 9/11 attacks made me cry and feel sick when I watched them on TV, I can’t image what it was like to be there. To defund the police is the stupidest thing I have heard, just think of the chaos, people doing exactly what they want, (we have a bit of ‘I will do as I like’ going on here at the moment). You are right these people on the ones that put their life on the line every day to look after us, yes there will be bad one’s in there, just like there are bad people in all walks of life. I don’t even know if education will work some people just want everything their own way.

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  16. What you went through on 9/11 had to be traumatic. And there were certainly heroes that day.

    I started out wanting to be a cop. I worked as a security officer at an amusement park. Most of my co-workers were the nicest people and very caring. But there were also a few on a power-ego trip.

    There is clearly an element in policing who love “busting” people, in every sense. The police unions make it difficult to get rid of the bad apples. I think the militarization of police departments has been a grave mistake and needs to be reversed. Fewer guns would actually improve safety when dealing with police.

    Defund is an inappropriate word and is being misused, possibly to discredit progressive policies and ideals. That might begin to shift with conversations like this one.

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  17. Some are security officers and wanna be cops because they fail the psychological testing required for the police department. There are a few people on power trips everywhere. I worked security weekends in graduate school. Met some great people and some people in gated communities looking down on me because of the job. I appreciate the police as I do other people. I take it person by person and certainly not culture by culture. If we didn’t, we would be in trouble. Oh, wait a minute, we are. Thanks for listening.

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  18. Wow a lot of deep and insightful comments here! I don’t usually comment a lot on blog posts (although I do read them!) but I wanted to express my sympathy to you for having to be so close to that experience of 9/11. I can’t imagine how traumatizing that must have been. I’m a huge worrywart about a lot of things and I know something like that would completely overturn my sense of safety.

    When I first heard about defunding the police it honestly scared me. Maybe my thoughts would be different if I were a race that were targeted like the black and hispanic communities. I tried to imagine myself in their shoes. If I saw the police as a constant threat to my life I could see why defunding them would seem to be reasonable.

    Again it’s a scary thought but after seeing how certain police forces are dealing with protests I realize that there is something missing. The police risk their lives every day but for the safety of everybody including protesters and themselves, I think they need to emphasize de-escalation. In so many situations it seemed that the police were adding fuel to the fire. It’s obviously a tough situation but I would expect the police to be better citizens than myself and to remain calm and collected and manage a situation. It’s a lot to ask but that’s why I think we should actually increase funds to allow for reform. I would want them to have more tools in their toolbox in order to allow them to handle situations in a way that kept everybody safe!

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  19. The trouble with this demand by the hysterical masses to ‘defund the Police’, is any such policy means different things to different people, moderate liberals would prefer the social work side of Policing be given to err social workers! Idealistic angry leftwing anarchists demand less money goes to Policing as a punishment………….. woke celebrities make me angry using their platform to mouth off political views, the likes of Sinead O Connor and Bono just cannot help themselves. Just sing your songs, don’t try and influence the young minds who idolise them and lol my message to the Police……. if one of these defunding celebs gets bugled, just put the phone down on him/her.

    Policing such a hard job, they cannot win, if they’re tooo heavy handed they’re branded Nazis, if they’re tooo soft they’re accused of failing to punish the guilty. Britain doesn’t have a corrupt police force, they’re fair men and women doing a good job, no brutality, no shootings, yet the public have been watching American news the consequence ALL respect has been lost, 80 have been physically assaulted, and cars are being regularly…….. a 48 hour national strike will redress the balance and I’m deadly serious.

    (Sorry for the rant)

    Keep faith LA, 2020 will go down in recent history as the worst of recent times but I’m lol an optimist and medical science will get a grip of covid, why so Andrew? Because drug companies know if they ‘discover the magic drug’ they will make billions and making money makes the world go around! ❤

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  20. It really is a shame that the word “defund” was used when the idea was more to redirect some of the funds to other areas. I imagine that some people actually think getting rid of the police is a good idea, but they are not the vast majority. I think rather than debate whether it’s right to get rid of police entirely (which is kind of a straw man, since that’s not what is being proposed), it would be a better use of everyone’s time, thoughtfulness, and creativity to discuss how and where funds could be better used. For instance, my brother, a retired police officer, was not an expert in mental health challenges. He would have preferred turning cases that involved mental health traumas to someone better trained in that area.

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      1. My daughter watched a talk with Eric holder last week. He said that using the word defund was regrettable. If we want to solve issues we have to deal with the elephant in the room.too much hate already

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  21. I miss you too, LA! Life isn’t very fun right now. I took four months off of blogging, so I get it. Sometimes you just have to take care of yourself. Sending lots of love your way. When you’re ready to come back, we’ll all be waiting. Mona

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  22. Great post LA! Stay safe and defunding is not the answer (I agree with you). I’m sorry to hear about the garbage can incident as well. Safety is a priority and to live with such fear in the back of your mind is a constant PTSD which I understand and I’m so sorry you are experiencing. Sending you a big hug.

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  23. Words are important, to talk about “defunding” immediately brings forward thoughts of police officers being deprived of resources and that tends to polarise opinions. There is a whole industry based on the importance of words – it’s called advertising and it generates billions in revenue. If words weren’t important companies wouldn’t spend so much on them.

    I wish you luck with sorting things out.

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  24. For some, especially any who have never seen how police protect and gird the framework of our laws and lives, doing away with law enforcement seems good. They have no idea and could never imagine the scale of disorder and chaos that would cause. What happened that September morning touched many lives and I can’t imagine what ground zero was like. Thankful for the courage LEOs had that day.

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