After 20-year-old Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer in a routine traffic stop that went terribly wrong, a number of lawmakers, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) immediately weighed in on the matter.
According to Fox News, Tlaib released a controversial statement after the tragedy in which she called for the end of policing and incarceration. Tlaib also suggested the shooting of Wright wasn’t an accident while accusing all police officers of being”inherently” and “intentionally” racist — statements that have resulted in harsh blowback from both sides of the political aisle.
Her comments came as protesters rioted for a second night in Brooklyn Center, causing widespread destruction and looting while clashing with local, county, and state law enforcement officers.
What did she say?
Tlaib, known as one of the radical, progressive House members of the “Squad,” made the contentious remarks in a Monday evening tweet, which triggered an avalanche of responses.
It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Shortly after Tlaib called for an end to policing in America, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) made clear in comments to Fox News that he does not believe Tlaib’s solution is the way forward, clearly distancing himself from the progressive lawmaker.
“We definitely need reforms in the space of qualified immunity, but I am not in the camp that says, you know, we should disrespect police. We should reform police where police are necessary,” the Virginia senator said.
Republicans push back
Not unexpectedly, Tlaib’s Republican colleagues in both chambers of Congress had a lot to say about her bizarre demand to abolish law enforcement and the idea of incarcerating criminals in America.
“If you don’t want bad guys in jail or police protecting our cities, why don’t we start with your district and see how it goes?” tweeted Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).
“Insane. ‘No more policing,'” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted on Monday. “It doesn’t get more explicit than this that Democrats want to abolish the police.”
A long list of high-profile Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr. and various conservative journalists all piled on, slamming Tlaib for suggesting that policing, in general, should be abolished as a solution to ending officer-involved shootings.
Nobody is denying that the events that led to Wright’s death are shocking and tragically sad, but sitting members of Congress calling for an end to law enforcement and labeling all cops as “racists” is not helping and will only serve to further divide the country.