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Defund the Police?

San Francisco has really cracked down on reforming their Police Force, preventing police from involving themselves in nonviolent crimes. Additionally, Proposition 47, approved in 2014, enables “reducing most nonviolent property and drug crimes—including theft and fraud for amounts up to $950—from a felony to a misdemeanor”.

This enables California criminals to:

  • “Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
  • Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
  • Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
  • Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
  • Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
  • Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
  • Personal use of most illegal drugs” [source]

Proposition 47 use has been gaining in popularity since the outbreak of the pandemic, by criminals to avoid prosecution in San Francisco.

Groups like “Defund SFPD” believe the answer to the violence and looting within the community of San Francisco is actually due to the excessive funding to the Police force, and lack of funding to local communities.

Groups like Defund SFPD equate America’s modern Police force to “The origins of American policing” which “can be traced back to slave patrols—forces created to identify escaped slaves and return them to chains.”

A History of Police Corruption

America was founded in 1776, and at a time when slavery was not abolished. To say every person who lived during that time was evil dismisses the importance of American history. The first publicly funded police force was in Boston in 1838. However, “Slave Patrols” were privately funded and created in Carolina colonies as early as 1704. The Civil War was fought from 1861 – 1865. American corruption still existed into the 1920’s, when prohibition first began. Police forces were owned by Political leaders and used to intimidate voters. In 1931 the Wickersham Report was released, which documented the “widespread evasion of prohibition and general failure… to detect and arrest criminals guilty of the many murders, spectacular bank, payroll and other holdups and sensational robberies with guns.” It resulted in a “repeal of the 18th amendment”, and allowed alcohol to be sold, leading to “less need for an aggressive police force.” [source]

The Need For Police

America’s Police Force are the first people we turn to if something horrible happens. Robberies, accidents, human deception, human rights violations, domestic violence, and beyond. Police are enlisted to protect the defenseless from malicious forces. Without them, or significantly less funding being provided, society starts to see a lack of respect for the laws within our communities. Having police actively patrolling, even sitting in their cars, in dangerous areas, significantly improves the conditions and safety of that immediate area for potential victims of violent crime. If any reform of the police force should occur, it’s a more rigorous process for selection of the candidates who apply, combined with more training. This might mean more funding. Not disposing of the Police force all together!

In fact, here is a look into what happens when less police officers are enlisted, less funding is provided, and the approach to non-violent crime is reformed. If this is what groups like “Defund SFPD” hope for, America’s future and the safety of our country, may be doomed.

Workers can only watch as the looters leave with stolen merchandise. It’s safer for the workers of Walgreens to avoid physical contact with these criminals, than risk violence.

American Journalist Andy Ngo had this video to share:

Reduced funding and a reformed approach to State Protection has been a rising issue in San Francisco, especially with increasing financial strain on the members of the city, during the pandemic.

Last year, youtuber, John Daniels, shared a montage depicting the local mass looting happening in San Francisco:

Pro-crime enthusiasts, like Cynthia Nixon, encourage the trending corporate thievery to be normalized by our society.

Looter-Sympathizers, similar to Cynthia Nixon, allege that Walgreens are insured, looting doesn’t matter. Some even see looting essential necessities as a form of “reparations”. Workers can only watch in horror to avoid potential violence. The looting in San Francisco doesn’t stop there. Now the trend isn’t just targeting corporate entities.

“Defunding the police is not a solution and could cost thousands of black lives,” Roland Fryer, a Harvard Professor of Economics, told The College Fix in an interview.

Violence in San Francisco

[warning: graphic content below]

Peter, a local store owner, and American-immigrant from Eritrea, fell victim to San Francisco’s lack of Police funding. In June, Peter was stabbed four times, losing his left eye, after denying the perpetrator access to the stores private bathroom.

Another man, Chiling Lee, walked home with his son and was attacked and brutally stabbed multiple times.

America’s Police force need the resources to step up their game, which includes better training, more funding [to the right places], and body cams should be worn at all times. There will always be evil people in this world, but they should not be the ones wearing Police uniforms. To avoid this, more funding needs to be targeted at rigorous background investigations before candidates are accepted into America’s Police force. Once high standards are set, the general public’s trust can begin to be placed back into the public who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving. Anarchism won’t save America, only believe in our country to prevail as it has since its inception.

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