To the Editor: I believe the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was doomed in Congress partly because the name of the act, and partly because of the irrational mantra, "defund the police."
Negotiations between Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) have completely broken down.
First, by calling the bill the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act" Congress would be branding all police departments and all police officers with the murderous stain of the killer of George Floyd, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, and the other officers who lacked the guts to stop Chauvin and save Floyd's life. Most cops are courageous public servants, and they will never be part of the murder of anyone.
The progressive mantra, "defund the police," must not only be rejected as a police-reform strategy; it has to be called out publicly for what it is: an insane attempt to eliminate police agencies and police officers.
Police reform is definitely necessary, including effective independent oversight, but the radical anti-police public officials and Members of Congress have to be muzzled and publicly rejected before any progress can be made on reforms.
MICHAEL J. GORMAN
Editor's note: Mr. Gorman is a retired NYPD Lieutenant and an attorney.
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