Michigan Congresswoman and member of the “Squad” Rashida Tlaib has called for “no more” policing or incarceration following the shooting of Daunte Wright.
Tlaib claimed that the shooting by Minneapolis officer Kim Potter “wasn’t an accident” and that policing in the United States is “inherently and intentionally racist.” Bodycam footage of the incident shows Wright being apprehended by officers. Wright quickly slipped from the officer’s grip and jumped into his vehicle where he attempted to flee. Officer Potter can be heard on the footage yelling “Taser! Taser!” as she points a firearm. After firing her weapon, Potter says, “Holy sh** I shot him.” Wright was being detained by officers for a warrant issued when he failed to attend a court hearing over his alleged possession of a firearm without a permit.
Tlaib took to Twitter to voice her outrage at the incident. “Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder,” she tweeted. “No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.” After Tlaib’s tweet, the White House is distancing themselves from her. When press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if President Biden disavows what was said she responded, “That’s not the president’s view. The president’s view is that there are necessary outdated reforms that should be put in place, that there is accountability that needs to happen, that the loss of life is far too high, that these families are suffering around the country, that the Black community is exhausted from the ongoing threats they feel.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also took to Twitter to call out the congresswoman, stating that the idea of no more policing is “insane.” Cruz also stated, “doesn’t get more explicit than this that Democrats want to abolish the police.” Pollster Frank Luntz also jumped into state that Tlaib’s “no more policing” tweet would be bookmarked by many Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. Luntz highlighted that only 15 percent of Americans support the full abolition of police. Luntz stated on Twitter, “For when Rep Tlaib claims she actually doesn’t want to abolish the police, Emo-tweeting wasn’t a good look when Trump did it, and it still isn’t good when a Member of Congress does it – no matter how good the engagement is.” Back in November, shortly after the election, House Majority Whip James Clyburn criticized calls to defund the police. Clyburn stated that the phrase hurt Democrat congressional candidates and could ultimately derail the Black Lives Matter movement.
ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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