(Right Country) – Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California, has declared that it’s not enough to simply defund the police.
She wants to “replace the police.”
Breitbart reports that Schaaf was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and several other Democrat mayors on a Zoom meeting to discuss police reform.
“The meeting included Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs; and Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with Schaaf and Garcetti. It also included Rep. Karen Bass (D-LA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, who is considered a potential vice presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden,” Breitbart notes.
Schaff spoke of “the evil of structural racism, that is everywhere, including in our justice system.” She declared that “snap decisions” by police were more likely to be influenced by racial bias.
She bragged that her city, which has been notoriously crime-ridden for decades, has reduced the number of discretionary stops of African Americans by 62%, although she didn’t actually get into the impact of this on the city’s high violent crime rate, which rose 7% last year.
She then declared that Oakland plans not only to “reform the police,” but to “replace the police” with alternative forms of intervention, like using trained mental health professionals.
Schaaf also voiced her support for the repeal of California’s Proposition 209, which prevents state government and universities from using race as a criterion.
She declared that “we have systemically stolen or blocked black residents from actually being successful, and that is what a lot of this anger is about.”
Shaaf vowed to become more “intentional about race” as her city seeks solutions.
Bass, meanwhile, discussed federal legislative measures to end police chokeholds and no-knock raids, as well as “qualified immunity” that protects law enforcement officers from prosecution.
Tubbs echoed a claim frequently used by Black Lives Matter activists that the institution of policing in the United States began with “slave patrol.”
He discussed how Stockton’s experiments with issuing a guaranteed basic income and called poverty a form of “violence” (wut).
Garcetti asked Bass to further explain what “defund the police” really means.
She replied that there wa a “spectrum” of views on the meaning of this hot-button phrase and that some believe in the full abolition of police departments.
Meanwhile, others believe in “reinvestments” in communities by shifting budgets from policing to other issues.
Breitbart notes of their own reporting on the call:
In response to a question from Breitbart News, Rep. Bass claimed that Democratic Party leaders had spoken out against violence in the Black Lives Matter protests.
She also brought up the issue of dismantling statutes. “I don’t want to see them come down through vandalism,” she said, although she said that she would like there to be a discussion of figures like Andrew Jackson, whose statue was targeted the previous evening by protesters in Washington, DC.
Breitbart News asked Mayor Schaff whether the Democratic Party had a particular problem with racism, given that the “systemic racism” she complained about existed in cities governed for generations by Democrats.
She answered that racism did not discriminate by political party.
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