Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has countered calls to defund the police. According to the cabinet secretary, such a move will not solve the nation’s deep-seated socioeconomic problems. His comment comes in the wake of the George Floyd mass protests that have beset the country.
As calls to defund, dismantle, or disband the police force in the US increase, President Donald Trump and the Republicans have used the call to attack the Democrats. “The president is appalled by the ‘defund the police’ movement,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have just proposed a bill for broad police reform, after weeks of protests against the brutality and racism of police officers spread across the country. The bill will make it easier to prosecute police offenses and handle racist acts, as well as prohibit chokeholds.
Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday afternoon that they support disbanding the city’s police department. The nine members attended a rally in a city park, and vowed take the action. Council President Lisa Bender said that the police systems were not keeping the communities safe.