NAACP President Declines To Endorse ‘Defund Police’: ‘I Don’t Know What That Substantively Means’

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The “defund the police” movement has pushed some top officials to fold under pressure, however, the president of the NAACP has declined to endorse the movement, according to Fox News.

During an interview with the Associated Press, NAACP President Derrick Johnson openly said that he backs “the energy behind” the movement, but did not offer explicit support for it.

“I support the energy behind it,” he said. “I don’t know what that substantively means. As I’m talking to people about the concept, I’ve gotten three different explanations.”

“We know there has to be a change in the culture of policing this country.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were both asked by a CNN reporter if they themselves supported the movement to defund the police.

“That’s a local decision,” Pelosi said, noting that they would have “those debates at the local level.”

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to pile more money on to further militarize police,” she reportedly added, without directly addressing whether she supports the radical step some local activists are demanding.

Kamala Harris took a similar stance during an interview on ABC’s “The View.”

“We need to reimagine how we are achieving public safety in America,” she said, noting that cities that direct “one-third of the budget to police” instead of “public schools, job training and job creation—come on. We have to be honest with this.”

When asked where House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., stood on the issue, his office told Fox News that: “Whip Clyburn supports restructuring police departments to ensure resources are deployed to protect and serve all Americans equitably.”

During an interview on CBS, Joe Biden said, “I don’t support defunding the police.”

“I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community.”

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But, I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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“No industry is safe from the Democrats’ abolish culture,” NRCC spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement. “First they wanted to abolish private health insurance, then it was capitalism and now it’s the police.”

He added: “What’s next? The fire department?”

“LAW & ORDER, NOT DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE. The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!” Trump tweeted.

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What defunding the police looks like is different in various localities. In Minneapolis, the supermajority of the City Council seemingly supports a complete structural dismantling of the department. In other places, departments would remain in place but get fewer government resources, with some of their funding directed toward social justice programs.

Minneapolis’ left-leaning City Council members on Sunday announced a veto-proof push to disband the Minneapolis police, even as the mayor made clear he does not support abolishing the department.

And in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to make cuts up to $150 million to the city’s police department and redistribute the money to “black communities and communities of color.”

A National Republican Congressional Committee email Monday carried the subject line, “Democrats are insane,” slamming efforts to “abolish” the police.