What was once a “fringe element of socialist political complacency” is now becoming mainstream in Seattle at the risk of its residents, the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, Michael Solan, warned Tuesday.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” with presenter Ainsley Earhardt, Solan said that violent crime in the city’s “Capitol Hill organized protest”, or autonomous zone known as “CHOP,” is an example of what It happens when elected leadership allows an area of their community to be “police free.”
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“And it’s another example around the conversations that elected officials and politicians across the country are supporting when we talk about spending police,” he said.
Several prominent Democratic leaders such as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have already taken steps to vanish their departments amid protests across the country against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a proposal to remove the city police department in hopes of establishing a new “holistic” approach to public safety.
Solan acknowledged that Floyd’s death was shocking and that reform is necessary, but disagreed that the funding would solve the problems.
“And … the first thing we should do when we talk about spending the police is the training budget,” he said. “And what separates the good police from the bad is training … And, what we need right now is more funds and more training and more police officers and we need to get back involved, reimagine police surveillance when it’s about reconnecting with our communities around the world, not just Seattle, but across the country. “
“Not only our country is divided, but also the police, we are still in shock [about] what happened in Minneapolis. And that kind of action shouldn’t be allowed in any form of human interaction, regardless of whether it’s just about the police or other citizens, “Solan said.
He told Earhardt that while his union is demanding justice for what happened, the next steps for the US police forces to be “reconnect with [their] community police engagement. “
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“I think the Emerald Protection Plan that we came up with, we are looking to re-engage in what we came up with with a concept within the PPE is on-demand police policing. Connecting with each individual neighborhood in the city of Seattle with community liaisons to listen to them and then dictate how we carry out our surveillance within that community, “said Solan.
“That is the heart of what we should meet again. Reinvent the police,” he concluded.