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I’d be happy with demilitarizing the police

That’s where my defunding goes. There’s no reason why they need to be paramilitary units seeing everyone as a terrorist. That’s a result of the Patriot Act in the wake of 9/11. It was unnecessary. I’m not sure what the bill writers were imagining when they gave police the money. Did they think we were going to have an Al Qaeda in Kandahar situation here in the US? None of the terrorism scenarios materialized. The regular SWAT teams could have handled it.

You might think, well, there are a lot of guns out there and out of shape dudes with Rush rage and itchy trigger fingers looking for liberals who are trying to overturn an election. (Oh, if only that were possible) But really, the posses and militias they can get together are no match for the arsenals, protective equipment, sophisticated face recognition software, etc etc of your well funded police units. There will be no Cold War detente. This is asymmetric warfare.

I don’t expect the police units or their union to give up their weapons without a fight. But that is what we need. Let’s go back to the days when police had an advantage but not a brutal “we will dominate you” advantage.

That’s what I mean by defund.

Oh, and get rid of any police who think it’s ok to push a 75 yr old man so hard that he hits his head on the sidewalk. If someone has to explain to you why this is unacceptable, maybe you need an new job in another line of work.