Judging from this hilarious video, the answer appears to be yes.
The info accompanying the video, copies of which can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and — originally — TikTok is short on detail. There is no mention of which city this too-good-to-be-true incident occurred in. The police officer in it appears to be the genuine article. If this turns out to someone’s elaborate prank, that person should went to a boatload of trouble to bring it off.
“They requested a police presence, you know, for their safety at the ‘defund the police’ event.”
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 27, 2020
I’d like to believe it’s real because it’s so utterly typical of the Left. It is no less outrageous, for example, than the city of Minneapolis spending $4,500 a day on private security details for three members of the city council who received death threats. This is the city council, you will recall, that unanimously voted to abolish the city’s police department, replacing it with “a community-led public safety system.”
Some on the Left have tried build arguments against the claims of hypocrisy, noting for example that defunding police does not mean removing them entirely but, rather, “defanging” them. An article at CBS Philadelphia devotes considerable space to the opinions of one Philip McHarris, a PhD candidate in sociology at Yale University and lead research and policy associate at the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability:
McHarris says divesting funds ends the culture of punishment in the criminal justice system. And it’s one of the only options local governments haven’t tried in their attempts to end deaths in police custody.
I’m not sure what McHarris means by “culture of punishment,” since the criminal justice system in every civilized society is grounded in meting out justice to those who have been wronged or injured and punishment to those who committed the crime. Isn’t that the way the system is supposed to work?