Detroit police chief: Defunding police departments is a ‘bad idea’
Detroit police chief James Craig says there’s been a lot of anti-police rhetoric for several years, but he says defunding the police is not the solution.
Detroit police chief James Craig told FOX Business' WSJ at Large those who want to cut off money to police departments in response to George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer have it all wrong.
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“Defunding police departments? Bad idea,” he explained to FOX Business' Gerry Baker. “There’s even some talk – I know in Minneapolis and some loose conversation – about some other departments of disbanding police. This is all knee-jerk and overreaction.”
Craig believes those who have such ideas don’t really understand the people he serves.
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“I know the community. I talk to the community,” he pointed out. “And, by and large, the vast majority where crime is high, and they’re afraid, they absolutely want the police. So, when you talk about defunding and dismantling police departments, who’s talking to the community?”
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