Report: Calls to abolish police met with skepticism and criticism in many black communities

Report: Calls to abolish police met with skepticism and criticism in many black communities
Mekhi James, shot to death while he sat strapped into his car seat in Austin (Image: Legal Help Firm)

[Ed. – It’s no surprise, really, that inner-city blacks — the group the hopelessly misguided defund/abolish the police movement is aimed at helping — would be aghast at throwing away their one life preserver against the armed gangs that roam their streets.]

Many Black Americans are pushing back on activist’s calls to shrink or abolish the police, especially in cities rife with crime, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Community leaders, business owners and residents in areas grappling with poverty and crime are growing tired of calls from activists to defund the police, and believe the protesters are mostly outsiders unwilling to do the work that is required to improve Black communities, according to the WSJ.

Residents of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, which has suffered from an 80% increase in shootings this year compared to 2019, reportedly want a police department that better serves them, and are skeptical of efforts to defund police.

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“I’m the last person who would be a police cheerleader, because I’ve had my own run-ins with them,” Keith Harris, a Chicago resident, told the Journal. “What are you going to do when they’re not there to protect you?”

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