The Black Lives Matter crowd has had it all backwards from the beginning.
Their solution to crime and poverty in black neighborhoods?
Just get rid of all the police!
And make no mistake, they're dead-set on achieving their goal.
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Fox News reports that the leader of the Black Lives Matter Philadelphia Chapter has released a proposal to completely abolish the police within five years:
The Philadelphia arm of the Black Lives Matter movement has called for the "complete abolition" of the police department in five years as well as the scrapping of military bases abroad.
For more than a month, in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has called for sweeping changes across the country in the bid to end racial injustices. At the heart of the debate is the campaign to defund – or dismantle – police departments.
And according to BLM Philadelphia representative and activist YahNé Ndgo, the chapter has developed a five-year plan to do just that.
"One of the things that we are demanding over five years is the complete abolition. We don't want to see any police in our community," Ndgo told Fox News in an interview Tuesday. "Over the course of those five years, it gives time for the community to begin to build what is needed. We aren't looking to leave any kind of vacancy around the issue of safety."
From her purview, one of the main factors leading to crime is poverty and hunger – which in turn drives drug use and drug-related crimes.
Ndgo said helping drug addicts would address many societal ills.
"As we address these particular concerns, and at the same time build restorative justice practices, and build out our mental health response teams, and build medic responses," she said, "[These are] responses that really actually deal with the issues that are in place. Then we will have less crime anyway."
Ndgo said the community should deal with the issues from "the ground up," using the money that would have otherwise been poured into the city's police department.
"There are plenty of people who have been murdered as a result of mental health checks. The police came, and then they murdered the person, even though the person was acting erratically, which is what you would expect of a person who's having a mental health crisis," Ndgo said. "Domestic confrontations are also things that police are often called for. And these are kinds of situations that can be handled by different kinds of professionals. As it relates to more violent crime, there would still be trained individuals who are prepared to handle those kinds of situations."
In contending that the history of the police is "centered around the ruling class and protection of the ruling class and being an extension of the system of oppression," Ngdo claims that police have done little to make communities safer.
"Quite often, if there is violence happening, by the time the police arrive, that has already occurred and particularly in poor neighborhoods and in black and brown communities. So the police are not really a resource for preventing that kind of crime from happening. Just a response," she explained.
The saddest part of the "defund the police" movement is that black people will suffer the most from a lack of police presence in their neighborhoods.
Who will respond to the shootings, gang activity, and drug reports?
Here's reactions on Twitter to the the "defund the police" announcement:
CNN details how how the Movement for Black Lives has also created a "plan" to completely reform policing in the country:
The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of 150 Black organizations, announced a sweeping legislative proposal on Tuesday to reform policing and address systemic racism -- offering a more progressive approach than the legislation House Democrats approved last month.
The proposed bill would abolish the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as other federal programs and agencies "used to finance and expand the U.S. criminal-legal system," according to a summary of the measure.
Organizers said they hope to have it introduced in Congress before the August recess.
The proposal is unlikely to become law. Given its progressive priorities and wide scope, it is expected to face opposition from key groups of lawmakers in Congress, such as moderate and mainstream Democrats in the House, not mention Republicans in the GOP-led Senate.
Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have said they support the effort, but neither of them has announced plans to sponsor the measure.
Tlaib said during a virtual presser on Tuesday that she is "committed to fully engaging with this legislation seriously, and with a sense of urgency."
"In this historic moment, it is critical that we listen to and trust the leadership of black activists around the country," she said.
A spokesperson for Pressley told CNN the congresswoman "joins Movement for Black Lives in their calls for legislation at all levels of government to respond to this moment in time, dismantle systemic racism and the over-policing and underinvestment in Black communities."
Pressley is having conversations with the Movement for Black Lives and her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus about timing, sequencing and legislative strategy regarding the effort, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Take a look at Fox News reporting on radical leftists in Congress, like Tlaib and Pressley, calling for defunding the police: