Activists on Defunding The police: ‘We’re Not Talking About Gotham Without Batman’ | MSNBC

Activists on Defunding The police: ‘We’re Not Talking About Gotham Without Batman’ | MSNBC 1


Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Brittany Packnett Cunningham join Ali Velshi to discuss how the conversation around “Defund the Police” continues to evolve. Commissioner Hardesty says, “There’s a big difference between redirecting public resources and totally eliminating the police.” Packnett Cunningham adds, “We’re ultimately talking about re-envisioning public safety.”» Subscribe to MSNBC:

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Activists on Defunding The police: ‘We’re Not Talking About Gotham Without Batman’ | MSNBC

34 Comments on "Activists on Defunding The police: ‘We’re Not Talking About Gotham Without Batman’ | MSNBC"

  1. “Defund the Police” is a terrible slogan. It does indeed sound like Gotham without Batman. Like a wild west town with no sheriff. They need a slogan that means what it says, that clearly communicates its goals.

    • yup. it’s a stupid banner to march under. people hear “defund the police” and think end policing, zero money for police, etc. one of the guests suggested a three-person team to respond to an unknown person call. WHAT? how will that be cheaper? or even possible? so police are making more than $30 an hour? she wants to pay for health insurance, etc. for three highly trained people? in portland? and give them a paltry salary that’s minimum wage in a lot of areas? what is she thinking? most police don’t even have a “partner” any more because it’s too expensive. when anybody can get a cheap gun in the US, who would want to shown up to a call unarmed?

    • Like taking resources away from police as in defunding them?

  2. Jesus' Fishroom | December 6, 2020 at 1:49 PM | Reply

    Defund the police hurt democrats in the election. Pres Obama was right. The Term Democrats should have used is Police reform.

    • This isn’t just an American issue. The same is happening in other countries. We are all trying to find a solution to the homeless, severe mental issues and drug addiction that’s plaguing us. We are all trying to find away to reallocate funding so the police have a backup of healthcare and social professionals that they can call on when faced with hardcore situations that they face everyday.
      As soon as I heard the phrase “defund the police” I knew you had blown it. If you have to go out and try and explain what you meant for months, you didn’t think through the impact well enough. You gave the right a gift on a silver platter. Reallocation of funding would have been more acceptable to those wavering voters

    • I agree. Police reform is better

    • They made a huge mistake in phrasing I new it would be bad but am glad it wasn’t worse.

    • @Wally Censorship that wasn’t what was said.

    • @eye onit But defunding the police is exactly what they want to do, you can call it whatever you want but taking resources away from policing is defunding.

  3. This piece is damage control for using the word “defund”….rather than using words look like “restructure” or “reform”, or “rethink “

  4. rjtheripper931 | December 6, 2020 at 2:48 PM | Reply

    Imagine this policy in place man. I support this policy.

  5. Excellent segment, Mr. Velshi! Thank you.

  6. rjtheripper931 | December 6, 2020 at 2:52 PM | Reply


    • Wally Censorship | December 6, 2020 at 3:49 PM | Reply

      The only thing keeping people from burning your house or dragging you in the streets is the police. So yeah let’s get rid of them.

    • Bryan Reynolds | December 6, 2020 at 4:32 PM | Reply

      @Wally Censorship Did you bother watching the video or didn’t you understand what they were talking about? They’re not talking about doing away with police. The idea is to only get police involved when they’re absolutely needed and when it’s not to have alternatives in place. Having armed people jacked up on adrenaline involved in every situation just adds tension and escalated the situation to violence, especially when racism and bigotry is involved. Having mental health workers and social workers involved in none violence situations would keep shootings and violence to a minimum. That’s what they’re talking about.

  7. rjtheripper931 | December 6, 2020 at 3:01 PM | Reply

    Whoever can get this done has my vote. It’s a good idea.

  8. rjtheripper931 | December 6, 2020 at 3:03 PM | Reply


  9. Its incumbent for journalists to cover this topic more often and detailed. It is one of the most important topics we as a society are facing.

  10. rjtheripper931 | December 6, 2020 at 3:05 PM | Reply


  11. A slogan like “defund the police” that requires several minutes to explain that it means something much less extreme than it appears to mean is a bad, self-defeating slogan. Listen to Jim Clyburn’s advice, and find a better slogan.

  12. Richard Osbourne | December 6, 2020 at 4:06 PM | Reply

    “Unwanted people” the trump family , The biggest mental health issues stem from the Whitehouse.

  13. Obama made a great point when he mentioned activists shouldn’t call for defunding the police, as they can get a larger crowd on their side if they call for police reforms.

    • I don’t agree. The controversial slogan brings way more attention to the problem than a pc “police reform” slogan.

  14. Most cops are cowards that why they became cops, so they could have backup

  15. Paulette Poole | December 6, 2020 at 5:07 PM | Reply


  16. You go, girls.

  17. We need to vote on this issue on the ballots.

  18. Reallocation of Funding is the key terminology that must replace Defund the Police‼️‼️

  19. Matthew Nothing | December 6, 2020 at 7:15 PM | Reply

    [ Retrain / Reallocate / Reform ]

    There’s a slogan that won’t terrify the people that you need support from.

  20. defund
    Meaning: prevent from continuing to receive funds.

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