As part of the anti-police protests that have swept the nation, the newest slogan championed by activists and protesters has been “defund the police.”
Unsurprisingly, Attorney General Bill Barr is not on board with those calls to cut funding or completely abolish police departments, as he explained to Fox News host Bret Baier in an interview that aired on Monday.
“The police chiefs, the rank-and-file officers understand the need for change and there has been great change,” Barr said. “I think defunding the police, holding the entire police structure responsible for the actions of certain officers is wrong and I think it is dangerous to demonize police.”
The attorney general pointed to crime-ridden and violence-prone cities like Chicago, which just experienced a particularly bloody weekend, as evidence that fully-funded and well-equipped police departments were absolutely necessary.
Barr explained, “If you pull back the police from these communities there will be, there will be more harm done in these communities.”
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