A former congressman rejected the logic of local governments disbanding law enforcement services because some officers are allegedly prejudiced against those who belong to another race.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has blasted Minneapolis city councillors for giving in to constituent demands that the Minneapolis Police Department be shut down due to growing civil unrest about police brutality.
“Defunding the police is the single dumbest idea I have ever heard,” he told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Gowdy warned employing no law enforcement officers would only cause the crime rate to jump and bring greater suffering for black Americans.
“Who is going to process crime scenes, arrest bad people?” he said. “Who is going to enforce any law, child sex abuse, homicide? Who is going to do it, if it is not the police?”
Extreme protests have swept across the nation since the death in custody of Minnesotan George Floyd who local police allegedly handcuffed and kneed his throat before he became unresponsive and later died on May 25.
Ward 3 Councilor Steve Fletcher and his colleagues plan to replace the existing “murderous” police service with a more benevolent style of policing across the Saintly City.
“[We will] start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety, and outreach capacity,” he said in an opinion article published by TIME Magazine. “Our city needs a public safety capacity that does not fear our residents; that does not need a gun at a community meeting … that does not resort quickly to pepper spray when people are understandably angry [and] that does not murder black people.”
However, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) believes the measures are unnecessary because not all police officers are prejudiced.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the average law enforcement officer in this nation is not a racist,” he told Fox News. “I would say, on the defund police, what a ridiculous idea … the absolute nation requires law and order, we need order in our streets, and the easiest way to have that is to have a strong presence of character-driven law enforcement officers.”
Scott suggested the government could introduce rules to compel police to provide details on the number of times officers used force that caused a suspect to die.
He estimated that less than half of all law enforcement agencies provide the statistics to the FBI, and revealed black Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be shot by police than those who are white.
“I have proposed of legislation, the George Floyd-Walter Scott Notification Act, to get law enforcement agencies to report the data on the use of force that leads to death,” he said. “Without that actual information in an aggregate value, we do not really know what is going on … so I think it would help all of us to get a clearer picture of what is going on within the law enforcement community.”