Large corporations around the world are contributing money to the “police defunding” movement. Most of these funds are directed to the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Color of Change, both of which openly express their willingness to eliminate the current police system by defunding it.
As reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation, dozens of national and multinational companies have collectively donated millions of dollars to leftist organizations that, after George Floyd’s death in May, focused much of their claims on the underfunding of public security forces.
Companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Clif Bar, Degree, DoorDash, DropBox, H&M, Pokemon, and Airbnb have donated millions of dollars to Black Lives Matter Global Network and Color of Change.
Using the death of George Floyd and alleged oppression of African Americans as an excuse, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement from its official website publicly expresses its demand for defunding the police: “That’s why we’re calling #DefundPolice and #InvestInCommunities.”
Color of Change is leading a national petition campaign demanding of elected officials, “We must begin to visualize the society that works for ALL of us, and we must begin by stripping away and dismantling the systems that unjustly harm black people. … Defund the police, and invest in communities now!”
The idea of defunding the police has been around for decades, but the movement gained momentum when protests broke out across the country after George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody in May.
Some cities have already begun cutting their police budgets in response to the protests.
The Los Angeles City Council voted this month to cut $150 million from the LAPD’s $3 billion annual budget, according to the Los Angeles Times. Mayor Eric Garcetti had been pushing for a 7 percent increase in the LAPD’s budget earlier this year, but since the start of the demands for cuts he has abandoned that measure.
Minneapolis City Councilman Steve Fletcher said he and several of his colleagues are investigating how to dissolve the Minneapolis Police Department and start over by developing a system with greater capacity and nonviolent public safety.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in July a $1 billion cut to the NYPD from a total budget of $6 billion.
This comes at a time when violence has reached historic levels in just a few months. Specifically, New York City, known as “the safest big city in the country,” is experiencing an exponential increase in armed confrontations. The New York Times reported that gun violence in June was the highest in 25 years and that shootings have increased week by week for more than two months.
Two weeks ago, downtown Chicago, which had already been the victim of violent protests, was surprised by more than a hundred vandals who approached and broke the windows of dozens of businesses to loot merchandise and take everything in sight, also destroying ATMs to steal money, according to CBS News Chicago.
Meanwhile, Republicans have dismissed the idea at its root. President Trump was totally critical of these measures. While he never defended the inappropriate behavior of the police officers that led to Floyd’s death, he was adamant that the position of not supporting law enforcement can never be an option for ending crime and insecurity. He even repeatedly threatened authorities in New York and other cities to send federal officials to help restore order.