President Donald Trump has dismissed the far-left calls to defund the police, saying that most of law enforcement is great.
“There won’t be defunding. There won’t be dismantling of our police. And there’s not going to be any disbanding of our police. Our police have been letting us live in peace,” President Trump said in a meeting with law enforcement officials at the White House on Monday, June 8.
According to the Washington Times, the president was hardening his law-and-order agenda amid nationwide protests over racial injustice and far-left demands to defund the police following the death of George Floyd two weeks ago when a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on the black man’s neck for almost 10 minutes.
President Trump said that there are certainly some “bad actors” and “some horrible things like we witnessed recently,” but the great majority of law enforcement officials are good.
“I say 99.9, but let’s go with 99% of them are great, great people. And they’ve done jobs that are record setting,” President Trump said. “So our crime statistics are at a level that they haven’t been at.”
With great law enforcement, the president said that the United States is witnessing “a very strong year for less crime.”
“I’m very proud of them. Our police have been letting us live in peace,” he said.
At the meeting, Patrick Yoes—the national president for the Fraternal Order of Police—said that the incident occurring in Minneapolis “certainly doesn’t reflect on the 800,000 men and women across this country that go to work every single day and try and make their communities better.”
The White House also revealed 2018 data as an example to demonstrate the amount of crime-fighting work that police carry out in a given year: 11,970 arrests on murder charges, 88,130 arrests on robbery charges, 395,800 arrests on aggravated assault charges and nearly half a million arrests on all types of violent crime charges.
“That’s police officers who are doing the arresting,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “You eliminate police officers, you will have chaos, crime and anarchy in the streets, and that’s something that’s unacceptable to the president.”
Joining the event, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody praised the law enforcement officers for their contribution to the criminal justice arena.
“In Florida, we are at a 48-year crime rate low. We have not been this low in crime in some time,” she said, but admitting that the administration must remain committed to improving the criminal justice system.
According to the White House, President Trump is reviewing proposals to reform criminal justice, but he said communities cannot allow the defund movement to put overall public safety at risk.
Congressional Democrats on Monday unveiled a sweeping police reform bill, including a federal ban on police chokeholds and limits on qualified immunity, which shields government officials and officers from being sued for misconduct while acting in their official capacity.
But McEnany said President Trump does not support aspects of the bill.