In Washington D.C., “defund the police” means “defund the American police.”
While “U.S. police departments are enduring major budget cuts as part of a leftist movement ignited by George Floyd’s May 2020 death,” the federal government is sending $1.5 million to help police in El Salvador train “for policing during a public health crisis,” according to a report from Judicial Watch.
The purpose of the grant is “to enhance El Salvador’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s capacity of preparedness for a public health crisis by efficiently providing essential public safety services, maintaining public order, and addressing the additional challenges faced during such emergency.”
The money will help with “implementing local government measures to protect the population and minimize the spread of the virus, maintaining control during lockdowns, and enforcing travel bans and social distancing rules,” according to the grant summary.
It will also allow “security sector personnel” to deal better with “greater strain on resources and high levels of stress”
The grant was approved by the Grants.gov Program Management Office, which is in turn managed by the Department of Health and Human Services and operated under the Office of Management and Budget.
“Money keeps flowing to questionable foreign and domestic law enforcement initiatives,” Judicial Watch added.
The federal government has spent:
- $200,000 to advance “gender equality” in Costa Rica’s police forces
- $33 million to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) “to advance a nationwide effort that includes tolerance, diversity, and anti-bias training as well as crisis intervention teams and de-escalation training.”