Western Montana Lefties Demand Police Be Defunded, Money Re-Routed to Liberals

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Despite ranking in the bottom five states for hate crimes according to the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League only reporting one hate-crime in Montana for the last year on record, and the NACCP ranking Montana as the state with the fewest hate crimes, Montana’s angry liberals are still demanding police be defunded and money re-routed to their own liberal causes.

Because of the killing of a Minneapolis petty criminal, George Floyd, in a knee-to-neck choke-hold that seemed excessive, leftists in Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman are asking for police departments in the Big Sky State to be gutted and defunded. Keep in mind, a chart mapping police killings nationwide from 2013 to 2018 ranks Montana police-citizen shootings to be practically non-existent.

Nonetheless, a number of hermaphroditic hippies in rainbow-themed apparel can be seen below, petitioning to redistribute Bozeman’s police budget to black people and Indians.

The protestors represented the Montana Racial Equity Project, the Montana State University Black Student Union, and Bozeman United for Racial Justice.

One of the organizers, Terry Bradley, said, “What keeps communities safe from crime is not their investments in police, but their investments in programs that attack the underlying causes of crime; homelessness, addiction, discrimination, and lack of opportunity.”

Bradley went on to say, “I imagine a Bozeman in which people are free.”

It is not reported if people then looked at him and asked what the h#$% he was talking about and who in Bozeman wasn’t free, but it’s presumed that some were thinking it.

Meanwhile, Helena’s “I wish this were California” contingent of activists were also busy calling city officials and asking that they divert their funding to leftist causes.

An out-of-state mass-email campaign falsely cited dubious data ranking Montana as 9th in the nation in officer-involved shootings. Most of the emails received by city officials were from out-of-state, but nearly twenty originated from within the state. The email reads, “Montana police forces operate within a culture of impunity, and as the members of the communities they are supposed to be protecting, we can’t even begin to grasp the scope of their violence.

Again, the statement is unsubstantiated by anything resembling empirical data.

Other cities like Billings, Butte, Missoula, and Kalispell have also received the letters requesting the cities defund their police departments. No letter, at least that reported to the press, encourages the city to refund those funds to the taxpayers. All request the funds be issued to minorities or leftist activist groups operating within the state.

It goes on, “Support for communities in need is necessary now, more than ever. I am demanding that the City Commission meaningfully defund the Helena Police Department. I join the calls of those across the country to defund the police. I am demanding a budget that adequately and effectively meets the needs of at-risk Helena residents during this trying and uncertain time. I am demanding a budget that supports community wellbeing, rather than empowering the police forces that tear them apart.




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  1. Defunding law enforcement agencies sounds like a noble and reasonable idea unless one really looks at the consequences of such an activity as is being proposed by the city councils in Helena and Bozeman. As a retired law enforcement officer I can reasonably explain the unintended consequences that will result. (1) LEO’s (law enforcement officers) will be forced to use more force when arresting violent suspects who they confront in the course of their duties. This is because there will be fewer officers available to cover an individual officer during hazardous calls and stops. Many times in my career, having several “cover” officers available meant that threats were de-escalated due several officers being available to assist in an arrest of a violent or resisting individual. (2) Citizen calls and waiting time for police response will be drastically increased. This should be obvious. (3) Investigation of crimes not cleared by the original responding officer will be reduced as investigators prioritize criminal investigation. (4) Insurance rates for home and automobile policies will increase as a result of fewer arrests and clearance of crimes like burglary and theft. (5) There will be an increase of traffic deaths due to less enforcement of driving while impaired laws. (6) There will be less officers available for community enhancement programs like DARE, school resource officers, neighborhood watch, etc. These programs have shown, by research, to be effective in combating crime and reducing criminal behavior on the roads, in neighborhoods, and in schools while providing a positive impact in Police/Community relations. (7) The obvious consequence ought to be that criminal activity will increase resulting in greater danger to our communities. (8) The communities most affected will be those who are least able to provide protection for themselves – the native American, Black and impoverished. I urge every citizen of the communities who are considering de-funding their law enforcement agencies to consider the impact that such short sighted thinking entails.

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