On Monday, US President Donald Trump pledged to maintain funding for police departments in the country. His announcement comes after protesters demanded sweeping cuts to law enforcement budgets as they call for an end to police brutality following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
Last day, Mr Trump told a round table of state, federal, and local law enforcement officials, “There won’t be defunding, there won’t be dismantling of our police.”
“We want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there … but 99 percent … of them are great great people and have done jobs that are record setting.”
On May 25, the death of a 46-year-old African-American man raised anger among people. The case can be a turning point in racism and policing. Some liberal Democrats and protesters called for police budgets to be slashed.
However, no Democrats are associated with the proposal. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey were criticized by protesters over the weekend for not supporting their demand for cuts in the city’s police department.
On Monday, during a White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump “is appalled by the defund the police movement.” A legislation was revealed by the Democrats in Congress that will consider lynching as a hate crime and will allow victims of police and their families to sue to damages in civil court.
It will be ending a legal doctrine known as qualified immunity. McEnany said on Monday that Trump believes there are some “instances” of racism among police but added that the president sees the police as by and large good people.