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Chicago Activist: We Need to Abolish the Police, Period.

Chicago community activist Jessica Disu calls for abolition of the police, founded as "slave patrol."

On Monday night, a black community worker from Chicago openly advocated the abolition of the police force across America. She argued that the institution began with slavery in America and needs to be scrapped entirely.

“Here’s the solution, we need to abolish the police, period,” declared Jessica Disu on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.” Her suggestion got an immediate groan. “De-militarize the police, disarm the police, we need to come up with community solutions for transformative justice.”

Disu was one member of a large “focus group” assembled by Fox News to address the shootings in Dallas, Texas last Thursday. As the Chicago community organizer spoke, other members of the group tried to interrupt. The host, Megyn Kelly, insisted the others allow Disu to speak.

Flustered, the Chicago activist declared, “I have a point here, I’ve been peaceful since I came here, but I need to speak.” Her suggestion that being peaceful is not to be taken for granted echoed the Black Lives Matter mantra, “No justice, no peace.” Nevertheless, she was indeed civil.

“We can all agree that a loss of a life is tragic. We call can agree that excessive force and extra-judicial killings by law enforcement needs to be stopped,” Disu added.

Kelly then asked a pertinent question — “Who will protect the community if we abolish the police?”

Again, Disu only had vague flowery words in response — “We need to come up with community solutions,” she said. The activist did not consider the police to be a “community solution” because of how police forces were founded.

Disu alleged that “the police force in this country began as slave patrol.” In other words, there is no hope for an impartial prosecution of justice on behalf of the police because the keepers of the peace are inherently racist.

In light of the shooting in Dallas, the Chicago activist insisted that “Black Lives Matter has never called for the shooting or violence against anyone, period.” She insisted that the shooter was no more a martyr to her cause than Dylan Roof (the cold-blooded killer who gunned down members of a black church during a Bible study) could be considered a martyr to white people.

Nevertheless, her drastic call for the abolition of all police everywhere as inherently racist and founded “as slave patrol” is disturbing. Disu is openly engaging in the worst of anti-police rhetoric.

She seems to  assume that the entire system of law enforcement must be scrapped, and such radical notions seem to have inspired the killings in Dallas — not to mention the three police killings that followed last Friday.

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Even a police officer who denounced the idea of abolishing law enforcement as fanciful insisted that “we are still a racist, sexist, homophobic society,” and insisted that police need more resources and better leadership.

Continuing to insist that America is a racist, sexist, and homophobic society, despite the huge strides we heave taken (abolishing slavery, granting women the right to vote, enshrining gay marriage into federal law) is not only unfair, but needlessly divisive. It is but an extension of the dangerous assumption that if there are any differences between groups in a society, those are due to prejudice, rather than other explanations.

This mania feeds the racial distrust of law enforcement and the narrative that police are inherently racist. This is not to say that some police may be prejudiced in this way, but many police forces are proud to include black members — are these too, racist and founded as “slave patrol?”

The very notion is laughable, as is the idea of abolishing the keepers of the peace in favor of vague flowery proposals such as “community solutions for transformative justice.” We already have such a solution, dedicated to justice for all and applying the law equally to everyone without prejudice.

The police aren’t perfect, but our communities are safer with them than without them. If you doubt this, take a look at the spike in homicides that has followed the Black Lives Matter movement.

Check out the video on the next page.

 

Jessica Disu’s comments start around minute 29.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NABW8AcX3M