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Defunding the police, the new fad among city councils around the United States, that will magically reduce violent encounters between police officers and violent offenders is not going to end well. The latest police encounter with a mentally ill, knife-wielding man has led to more rioting and looting in Philadelphia.
The family has stated that they wanted an ambulance not police officers to respond to their 9-1-1 call. I’m not aware of a metric on how many EMT’s must be injured or killed before police officers can be called to secure someone so they can be transported for a psych-hold.
The police budget in Philadelphia has been cut by $33 million. Tasers and training are expensive, and the officers that were sent to this incident were not equipped with Tasers.
“Every police officer is not issued a taser at this time,” Outlaw said, adding that they have requested additional funding so more officers can have tasers. The police commissioner says it’s common for officers to show up to domestic disturbance calls with a gun.
Outlaw says she can’t guarantee that body camera footage of the fatal shooting will be released within the next 48 to 72 hours.
“We are currently reviewing everything that we have right now to ensure what we can release and by when we can do that. I can commit to releasing information or actually commit to communicating what information will be released in the next 48 to 72 hours. Whether or not the bodycam footage will be a part of that, I don’t know at this point in the day, but I am committed to being transparent as possible,” Outlaw said.
Police Commissioner Outlaw will have to navigate the minefield of a woke city council and a woke prosecutor in Philadelphia. She will not be the first commissioner, or police chief to lose her job if she doesn’t support the new woke vision in Philly.
I’m cynical enough to believe that District Attorney Larry Krasner might suppress the bodycam footage of the incident to further his anti-police narrative. It might have to be leaked to the media by officers.
Perhaps city council members should be issued pagers that would call them to deal with a mentally ill man wielding an edged weapon. That might mean increasing the city budget for special elections to fill empty seats on the city council.Published in