Vice President Mike Pence re-affirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to law enforcement officers across the United States Thursday; saying this White House will “always stand with the brave police officers of this nation.”
The Vice President will visit Pennsylvania today to speak at a “Cops for Trump” event in the southwestern section of the state.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) July 30, 2020
Supporting police has become a central issue in the 2020 race following weeks of civil unrest in major American cities.
The Seattle Police Chief held a press conference this week after her department discovered a vehicle packed with smoke bombs, fireworks, and other weapons; saying the finding shows “not everyone who comes to these protests are peaceful.”
.@SeattlePD find a treasure trove of evidence in a van that was seen near the Seattle riots:
Chief @carmenbest told reporters that "peaceful protesters do not show up in a van full of…explosives."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 30, 2020
“Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best revealed at a Wednesday news conference that police discovered explosives, smoke bombs and other weapons in a van stationed at the weekend protests,” reports the Seattle Times.
“Saturday’s demonstration, promoted by the Youth Liberation Front in support of protesters in Portland, erupted in violence. Best said over the weekend that officers used blast balls, pepper spray and 40mm sponge-tip rounds, while some in the crowd of protesters broke windows and started fires. At one point, she said, someone threw an explosive that blew an 8-inch hole through a wall of the Police Department’s East Precinct,” adds the newspaper.
This is “evidence that not everyone who comes to these protests are peaceful. Peaceful protesters do not show up in a van full of … explosives,” added Best.
Read the full report at the Seattle Times.
AOC’S PLEA: People Should Be ‘Willing to Sacrifice Everything,’ All ‘Privileges’ to Defund Police
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a passioned plea to “defund” police departments across America Sunday; asking people to “sacrifice everything” and “all their privileges” to promote social justice.
“There are moments in every person’s career, where you have to be willing to say, ‘Am I willing to sacrifice everything that I have, all the privileges that I have, so that the right thing can go through?’ This is one of those moments,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If you're an elected official… I'm asking you to ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that over-funded police departments are defunded?" pic.twitter.com/P9gSWwlCrr
— The Hill (@thehill) June 7, 2020
“If you’re an elected official, I’m asking you to ask yourself, what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that overfunded police departments are defunded?’
Watch AOC’s comments above.
BUSTED! Minneapolis Council Members Who Want to ‘Defund Police’ Spending $4K per Day on Private Security
At least three members of the Minneapolis City Council who want to “defund the police” are spending more than $4500 per day on “private security” in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.
“The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd,” reports Fox Minneapolis. “A city spokesperson said the private security details have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks.”
“Councilmember Andrea Jenkins said she has been asking for security since she was sworn in. She said current threats have come in the form of emails, letters, and posts to social media,” adds the website.
“My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” wrote Jenkins in an email.
Read the full report here.