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‘Defunding’ police does not make sense

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger.

Yet some politicians not only are listening to calls that law enforcement agencies be destroyed, they are leading the charge.

A few days ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed his eagerness to slash $150 million from his police department’s budget.

“To see legislators who aren’t even necessarily on the left supporting at least a significant decrease in New York police department funding is really very encouraging,” New York state Sen. Julia Salazar told a reporter.

Clearly, a tiny minority of police officers guilty of unnecessary brutality ought to be forced to turn in their badges. Police chiefs, sheriffs and politicians who protect them ought to be fired too.

But hamstringing law enforcement generally would be a gift to criminals of all stripes, including some fond of using violence to get what they want. Try jerking the financial rug out from under a police department or two and see what happens quickly.

Slashing police and sheriffs’ budgets for political purposes amounts to punishing the public so a few politicians can claim to be punishing bad cops. It also enables the same politicians to avoid the difficult work of actually addressing the problem. Eliminate funding for a police department and you don’t have to worry about cleaning it up, after all.

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