NBA Legend Stuns Protesters With Message About Cops: ‘We Need Cops, Most Of The Cops Do A Fantastic Job’

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Charles Barkley, NBA legend and TNT analyst shard his dissent for the recent push to “defund the police,” according to Fox News.

During an interview on CNN, Barkley did urge lawmakers to follow through with police reform, he rebuffed the calls to defund the police.

“We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform. Everybody should be on board for that whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal,” Barkley said Tuesday on CNN.

“This is not black or white, this is just about humanity,” Barkley said. “To see a grown man die before our eyes. If you’re not upset by that if you’re white, Jewish, Chinese, anything, there is something wrong with you.”

He then mocked both Democrats and Republicans as “clowns” for failing to have impactful conversations about police reform.

“The Democrats and the Republicans can’t even talk about police reform,” he said. “That’s the number one thing they should do before they do anything else.”

He also added that Floyd’s killing was a “disgrace” that should concern everyone in America regardless of race.

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Calls to “defund police,” along with criticism of police unions, have arisen in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death in police custody. The outspoken Barkley feels America needs police reform, but stopped short of more extreme alternatives.

Some defunding advocates say taxpayer dollars could be better used in community projects that address social inequalities and better the lives of residents and minority groups. They question whether a potent police presence makes the lives of locals any safer, and call for funds to be diverted to bolstering schools, hospitals and violence/homelessness prevention programs.

California prosecutor Wendy Patrick said not all “defund” calls are aimed at starving or replacing police forces. Some advocates simply seek to reexamine the way police departments allocate resources.