Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., called for an end to all policing in the wake of Daunte Wright shooting in Minnesota.
It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
On Sunday, a police officer in the town of Brooklyn Center reportedly shot and killed Wright, a 20-year-old black man, after Wright resisted arrest.
As was the case following the George Floyd death last year in nearby Minneapolis, the tragedy was compounded by looting and race riots, which had the potential to cascade into another nationwide protest.
The timing was especially precarious as social-justice activists already were gathered in the Gopher State to demonstrate during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing Floyd while he employed a controversial neck restraint.
Tlaib, a member of the far-left “Squad” who has already endorsed defunding the police, slammed law enforcement on Monday as “inherently and intentionally racist”
The radical proposal is sure to backfire, as the “Defund the Police” movement did during the 2020 election.
Republican strategist Frank Luntz noted that Tlaib’s radical comments would likely be used against her when she’s up for reelection:
This “no more policing” tweet is getting bookmarked by lots of 2022 campaigns for when Rep. Tlaib claims she actually doesn’t want to abolish the police. https://t.co/bMDnqdNN3A
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) April 13, 2021
Tlaib was one of the foremost advocates of “Defund the Police,” announcing her support for legislation that would divest federal money from federal law enforcement entities, detention centers, and state prisons, among a host of other things.
We must invest in a new vision of public safety.
Today, I am proud to join the calls coming out of one of the largest movements for justice that my district and our country have ever seen to say unapologetically:
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 7, 2020
Republicans slammed Tlaib for comparing law enforcement officers to murderers:
This is how our ruling class sees those who wear the blue to protect their communities.
The American people want safe communities @RashidaTlaib.
BACK THE BLUE. https://t.co/FwgDhnmvFz
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) April 13, 2021
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 13, 2021