After politicians slash $8M from cops, Black Minneapolis salon owner says ‘We need police’
Joe Biden recently let the cat out of the bag.
According to a leaked recording of Biden’s meeting this week with civil rights leaders, the presumptive 46th president admitted that the left-wingers among his fellow Democrats hurt the party in down-ballot elections by demanding police departments be defunded.
“They’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing – which I promise you, will occur. Promise you,” Biden told the group.
“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable. … We’re talking about spending money to enable them to do their jobs better, not with more force, with less force and more understanding.”
If Biden wants an adviser on spreading this message, he perhaps should consider Minneapolis resident Flora Westbrooks.
Westbrooks, who is Black, owned a hair salon in the city for almost 40 years. Her business was destroyed during the riots over the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died in police custody, which has prompted a murder charge against the primary officer involved, Derek Chauvin, who is White.
Adding insult to injury, the city sent her a $200,000 bill for finishing the demolition of her salon and fencing in her property.
Vice President Mike Pence, in an effort to promote President Donald Trump’s law-and-order platform, toured where Westbrooks’ business once stood during the campaign, and invited her to be his guest at the vice-presidential debate in October.
This week, the Minneapolis City Council unveiled a plan to reform its police department, including cutting $8 million from its budget – even though crime has skyrocketed as the council has argued for tighter restrictions on the cops.
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Westbrooks was not pleased. Appearing on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” on Friday, she called the move “terrible.”
“I don’t think they should cut that eight million from the department. We need the police. We need them,” she said.
After host Steve Doocy read off some recent crime statistics – murders are up 73 percent this year, for instance, while robberies have increased 48 percent – Westbrooks said, “I feel less safe. A lot of my friends I talk to, they’re not feeling safe right now. Cutting the budget down eight million, they’re not with that. Neither am I. We need protection here, especially in the community where I live.”
Westbrooks added she couldn’t say how many agreed with the council’s decision, but she added, “Everyone that I talk to are afraid right now.”
The “Defund the Police” slogan has become so toxic that even former President Barack Obama has encouraged radicals to reform their messaging.