Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) believes police, incarceration and militancy are “unchanged” after Sunday’s fatal shooting by a Minnesota police officer of a black activist downtown.
“This was no accident. Policing in our country is inherently and intentionally racist. Dante Wright was injured in this attack. [and] Torture I do to those who agree to kill with government funds,” Talib tweeted on Monday.
“There will be no more police, no more prisons and no more militancy. This cannot be changed,” he added.
It was no accident. Policing in our country is inherently and intentionally racist.
Downright faced aggression and violence. I am working with people who agree to government funding.
No more police, prisons and militancy. It cannot be changed.
– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Talib had previously expressed his support for the destruction of the police. In response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota in the summer of 2020, Talib disavowed his support behind the BreathE Act.
The law says it would cut federal funding to local police and federal agencies. Instead, it will take that money and use it for social programs, health care, education, and environmental initiatives.
“With this bill, we can begin to think about a new version of public safety — a new vision for public safety, one that protects and affirms black lives,” Taleb said. said.
The police officer who shot Wright was found to be Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter.
According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the footage appears to show Potter firing his Taser but instead “accidentally discharging” his gun.
Demonstrations erupted Monday in response to Wright’s death for the second night in a row.
President Joe Biden urged protesters to keep the protests peaceful when he spoke to reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, as IJR reports.
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the investigation reveals. The whole investigation. You saw everything, I assume as I did, the… body cam, which is pretty graphic. “The question is, was it an accident, was it intentional? Biden said that will remain to be determined through a full investigation.”
“But in the meantime, I want to make it clear again: There is no absolute justification for looting, nothing. There is no justification for violence. Peaceful protest is understandable,” he added.