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#DefundThePolice: Follow The Money

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103 Responses to “#DefundThePolice: Follow The Money”


  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    June 16, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Good morning, Nerdy darlin’ – and TODville!

  2. 2 jacquelineoboomer
    June 16, 2020 at 9:46 am

    • June 16, 2020 at 9:54 am

      This is all be said for white folks benefit…and to avoid making necessary changes…so we argue about whether there is or isn’t racism…instead of talking about behavior and policy

    • 4 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 10:03 am

      He serves in Trump’s administration which makes perfect sense.

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 9:50 am

    A baby. He was just a baby.

    May his sweet soul rest in eternal peace.

  4. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    June 16, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Why doesn’t trump just hang out of a helicopter that he could ride above the crowd, speaking to ’em with a megaphone? Why?

    • 7 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Why is he so desperate to hold this rally? Quite odd.

      • 8 marleysperson
        June 16, 2020 at 10:10 am

        Adoring cult members are like a drug to him. He needs a fix

      • 10 jacquelineoboomer
        June 16, 2020 at 11:15 am

        I’m not even sure he knows the significance of the location. Somebody whispered sweet nothings into his ear that the 12 people in his “base” would like it and he said Do It. Even if he cancels after postponing once, he’s gotten weeks of mileage out of it.

  5. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    June 16, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Hope this happens.

    • 12 No Child Left Behind
      June 16, 2020 at 10:02 am

      The kind of book I want to read.

      Good Morning TODVille.

      May everybody stay safe and be well.

    • 13 marleysperson
      June 16, 2020 at 10:16 am

      All these people are repulsive to me. I wouldn’t buy here damn book! Why didn’t she say all of this BEFORE the SOB got installed?? They are all money grubbing criminals. All of them. Don’t make this coward out to be some sort of saint. She’s not.

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        June 16, 2020 at 11:14 am

        Oh, I agree wholeheartedly. Wouldn’t buy any of their books, and her mother was worse. She had to resign as a permanent ass-on-a-bench judge because “the law” was getting too close to where her signature had landed relating to trump crime family matters. But I really want her book to be filled with awful stuff that trump has to have read to him. No other so-called “family” member will do it.

    • June 16, 2020 at 11:24 am

      I’ll wait until it’s on the shelf at Dollar Tree…

  6. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 10:02 am

  7. June 16, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Two weeks ago.
    Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance-Bottoms spoke as a Mayor and as a Mother:
    “Above everything else I am a Mother. I am Mother to four black children in America. One of whom is 18 years old. And when I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a Mother would hurt. And on yesterday when I heard rumors about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a Mother would do. I called my son and I said “Where are you?” I said, “I cannot protect you and Black boys shouldn’t be out today.” So you’re not going to out-concern me and out-care about where we are in America. I wear this each and every day. And I pray over my children each and every day. So what I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated we didn’t do this to our city. So if you love this city, this city that has had a legacy of Black Mayors and Black Police Chiefs, and people who care about this city, where more than 50% of the business owners in metro Atlanta are minority business owners. If you care about this city, then go home.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Maddow: “And now her city is coming to grips with another tragedy, another crisis, this time involving its own police department. Today she signed a series of executive orders aimed at pretty dramatically overhauling the way the Atlanta Police Department uses force, that includes amping up the use of
      de-escalation tactics, and having other officers intervene when they see unreasonable force being used
      by one of their colleagues.”
      Mayor Lance-Bottoms speaks with Rachel Maddow: “Can you tell us about the reforms that you are pursuing now, and about what you see coming in days ahead in terms of this real crisis for your city, and this deep sadness and deep upset over this killing on Friday night?”

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Mayor Lance-Bottoms:
      “So let me begin Rachel just by again publicly expressing my condolences to the family of George Floyd and also to Rayshard Brooks, and to so many others across this country:
      We have had the great misfortune in Atlanta of having to live this out with the rest of the nation. And following the killing of George Floyd, I did not believe that we would be where we are today. That being said, shortly after the killing of George Floyd, President Obama issued a challenge to cities across this country including Atlanta, for us to take a look at the use of force polices. We convened an advisory committee, and we had begun work to take a look at all of our use of force policies, expecting recommendations within 14 days, with a final report in 45 days with community input. And then the worst, the absolute worst happened in our city on Friday.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:11 am

      Mayor Lance-Bottoms:
      “And so while we are still awaiting those recommendations, there are some things that are very clear that have to change with our Police Department, based on what I saw happen on Friday night. That includes a duty to intervene when possible. We saw in the case of George Floyd, the officers did not intervene.
      Also a duty to de-escalate. Our officers are trained in a way that is not always favorable to de-escalation. Also under very limited circumstances, allowing officers to shoot at moving vehicles only if someone’s life is in danger. And then there are a series of other things. But we are already reaching out to people across this country to help us look at our police department. Not just with our existing policies, but what more can we do? Because what it says to me, is this can happen in Atlanta in the midst of all that we’re experiencing, and the way that we are grieving and angry and frustrated across this country, if this can happen in Atlanta then this can happen anywhere. And we’re looking for a transformation of the way that we police in our city.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Maddow asks the Mayor if the Police Chief resigning was the right call. And how does she think it will affect her “ability to affect the kinds of change you are talking about?”
      Mayor Lance-Bottoms:
      “I continue to have the utmost respect for Chief Shields. I’ve worked with her for many years while I was a member of City Council. And she was one of the few people who I kept in leadership positions from the previous Administration. Chief Shields is no longer serving as our Police Chief, but she is still a part of our Police Department and stands ready to assist us in any way needed as we look at this transformation. And the way that I look at it Rachel, the transformation of policing across this country is not going to be a sprint. It’s a marathon. And when you are running a marathon, running in a relay race, there are times when the baton has to be passed to someone else in order for you to continue moving forward. And so Chief Shields says that she has a deep and abiding love for our city. She’s going to do whatever she needs to do to make sure that we continue to move forward. But it’s time to pass the baton on to someone else to make sure that we are where we need to be. And that’s the reason we are conducting a national search. Chief Shields grew up in the Atlanta Police Department, but we will be conducting a national search for a new leader for our police department.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Maddow asks about a statement saying 20 officers have resigned over the last 10 days, and if the Mayor is concerned about the health of the police department.
      Mayor Lance-Bottoms:
      “We have had about 8 resignations …and on average we have usually 2 to 6 in a given month…
      I have worked with many of these police officers…known some of them since kindergarten…there are men and women on our police force who love this city as much as I do. And they are putting themselves on the line each and every day…but as President Obama said in the 21st Century Plan For Policing, our police officers have to be guardians and not warriors in our community. And I think in the same way that we had to take a fresh look at how we dealt with domestic violence cases, how we dealt with sexual assault cases.
      It’s the same way that we’re going to have to look at how we deal with the racial sensitivities and policing in our country. And it’s unfortunate that it has come on the heels of losing innocent people in our country.
      But this is necessary. And I think that it is incumbent upon us as leaders to take this next step from anger and frustration. Because I’m experiencing it too. I am saddened and all the range of emotions. But now we’ve got to move this to action, and make sure that were transforming our police departments. And also just restoring confidence and trust in our public safety personnel. Even with the unrest that we’ve had in Atlanta – we’ve had our firefighters come under attack. We’ve had Molotov cocktails thrown at them. So we are experiencing encounters in Atlanta with our police officers and fire fighters that we’ve not experienced ever. But certainly the anger and the frustration is understandable. And it is even more frustrating that we are here in Atlanta on the heels of what the nation has been grieving as it relates to the murder of
      George Floyd.”

    • 24 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 11:18 am

      I love her. She’s a true leader.

  8. 25 jer44
    June 16, 2020 at 10:18 am

  9. 26 marleysperson
    June 16, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Pretty much

    • June 16, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Gosh, you think?

      Americans are surrounded by a government of Republican liars and cheats, horrific brutality, disease, death, joblessness, bankruptcy, damaged economy for the foreseeable future, education frozen and endless lockdowns. It’s enough to make anybody weep.

    • 28 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 11:18 am

      And we can’t survive another four years of this!

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        June 16, 2020 at 11:29 am

        I’m wondering how we’re going to get through the next seven months, not to jinx us.

  10. 30 jer44
    June 16, 2020 at 10:19 am

  11. 31 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 10:29 am

  12. 32 marleysperson
    June 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

  13. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 10:53 am

    All these Johnny come lately companies. The nerve.

  14. 34 marleysperson
    June 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

    What Looting the Treasury actually looks like

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      June 16, 2020 at 11:24 am

      No accounting for how our money’s been wasted? Nah. No more.. I want my tax dollars back (not to break the bank or anything – Ha!). No taxation without representation. We The People.

      In other words, fuck them. Send me a check, Mnuchin.

  15. June 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

  16. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

  17. 39 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      June 16, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Good thing the bad cops don’t care what any members of the public think of them, or they’d be “troubled” with the lack of respect.

      And for the good cops, who do care: speak up now. That bad cop’s not your buddy if he’s making you look bad every damn day.

    • 41 marleysperson
      June 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Disinfectant going into the body. Just like they were told to do

  18. June 16, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Maddow recaps for us en route to the important topic of Steve Benen’s new book…
    She reminds us how Trump ignored policy-making for 18 months while on the 2016 campaign. And how that has not changed. Even during transition, he chose to do a post-election victory tour via campaign rallies in 9 red states. By Inauguration Day the administration was so unprepared that Obama appointees were asked to stay in their jobs. Unprecedented and incoherent behavior yes…but “What if the Republican Party is a post-policy party? What if they’re not about governing any more? What if their only skill, and their only aim now, is getting, holding, expanding, and strengthening their grip on power?”

    • June 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

      “The Imposters, How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics”.
      Steve Benen, producer for The Rachel Maddow Show:
      “The electorate has long had reason to assume that both major parties were mature and responsible policy-making entities, their philosophical differences notwithstanding. The actions of the Republican Party over the last decade have made it abundantly clear though that it’s time to re-evaluate that assumption. The current iteration of the GOP is indifferent to the substance of governing. It is disdainful of expertise and analysis. It is hostile toward evidence and arithmetic. It is tethered to few, if any, meaningful policy preferences. It does not know, and does not care about how competing proposals should be crafted, scrutinized, or implemented. The modern Republican Party has become a post-policy party.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Maddow:
      “I do feel like the book makes me retroactively make sense of the last three years in a way that I was not able to before I read the book. And I also feel like you are offering the cure to those of us who are so bewildered by the fact that Trump doesn’t seem to have any interest in governing or policy at all. Your thesis is basically that this is not a Trump problem. This is a Republican Party problem that started to emerge during the Obama presidency. And that Trump is just the natural outgrowth of that. Can you explain that part of your thesis?”
      Benen:
      “After the Bush-Cheney era, I think Republicans found themselves at a crossroads. The party had been rejected by voters. Democrats had just won two wave elections in a row. And in general I think the electorate had largely turned against everything that Republicans stand for. And so republicans had to decide what would their priorities be, what would their goals be, how would they function in the coming years? And they had to decide in a hurry. Ultimately I think they’ve made the wrong choice. What they did was they said we’re going to give up on the very idea of even having an agenda. Republicans will just define themselves by their opposition to whatever Obama was for, even when Obama agreed with them. And so we had 8 years of what was effectively governing nihilism from the Republican Party, even when they were in the majority in the House. Even when they were in the majority In the Senate. And that I think paved the way for the Trump era. Because what we saw from Donald Trump as a candidate was a post-policy candidacy, and then a post-policy transition period, and now we have three plus years of a post-policy presidency.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Maddow:
      “What if the dynamic though that continually drives the party further drives in that direction – because what you’re describing is a very specific form of radicalization. You hollow out any interest in governing, any ability to even work on legislation? You have this great anecdote which I did not know before your reading your book, which was that when Mike Pence was in senior leadership in the House in 2009, he sort of led the way firing all his legislative staff, and replacing them all with messaging people, with communications people. I mean that sort of almost literal hollowing out of what they’re supposed to be as lawmakers, is radical. But there’s definitely some imperative that’s pushing them to go further and further in that direction as fast as they can. Is there reward that they’re getting in this sort of feedback loop, that’s pushing them consistently in this direction?”
      Benen:
      “You know governing is hard. It’s time consuming. It requires hours of endless unglamorous work. And I think Republicans have had to make a choice between being pundits, and trying to seek and acquire and maintain power, or rolling up their sleeves and doing actual meaningful policy work. And they ultimately seem to have come to the conclusion that it’s vastly easier to be pundits than policy makers. And because they’ve been rewarded for that, because they’ve won multiple election cycles, they’ve been put in positions of authority at the state and federal and local levels, they’ve felt no need to change that dynamic. And it’s one of the reasons that I think the coming election cycle, and the one after that. and the one after that will be so important. Parties change when voters tell them that they have to change.”

    • June 16, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Maddow:
      “Usually you would expect the feedback loop when we’ve got real crises as a country, to be rewarding people who have solutions for those problems. I mean that’s how it should work in normal terms. Do you have faith that this next election will be defined along those lines?”
      Benen:
      “It’s hard to have faith…you know I saw something interesting this morning. I went to Joe Biden’s campaign homepage. And I went to Donald Trump’s campaign homepage. And I looked at Joe Biden’s issues page to see what was there. And there were 37 plans, and blueprints, and outreach to various constituencies. To let everyone know that if Joe Biden was elected, here’s what he would do with power. And then I went to Donald Trump’s page to look for an issues page, a comparable page. And it did not exist. There is no issues page. And I’m thinking maybe he can replace that with the Republican platform. Except that doesn’t exist either. They are simply just taking the 2016 platform and slapping a sticker on top of it that says 2020. And so with that in mind, it looks to me like we’re stuck in the same feedback loop, in so far as Republicans still don’t seem to have much of an interest in governing. But that said, Republicans are losing. And with that in mind, I think that it’s likely that we’ll see voters say that they expect more. And that this is an opportunity for them to remind Republicans that the current post-policy path isn’t good enough.”

  19. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    June 16, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory (the first African-American Catholic Archbishop of Washington) wrote a statement about the topic I’m sharing ~ the June 2 visit of the trumps to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, for a photo op:

    https://adw.org/news/archbishop-wilton-gregory-issues-statement-on-planned-presidential-visit/

    In my opinion, the Knights of Columbus organization has gone from having been “founded in 1882 as a mutual benefit society for working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States” to a group that resembles another “big PAC.” Sad because it served many honorable societal causes for more than a century, and was highly regarded.

    As a Catholic (with basically no experience with the group), I’d just say: get back to basics, K of C, get out of politics, or get out of the way.

    The article in my tweet below is from a retired priest in the Washington Archdiocese, who’s also a lawyer:

  20. 48 jer44
    June 16, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    • 49 Hillary Darton
      June 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Remember this when Trump and his supporters are talking about Joe Biden. Trump look like a kid holding a drinking cup for the first time.

  21. June 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    This will be my focus on 6/20! Fcuk #virus45 and his #TulsaStunt…

  22. 52 marleysperson
    June 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Long overdue

  23. June 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Governor Kate Brown speaks to O’Donnell:
    “This decision will transform the lives of millions of LGBTQ Americans”.
    They also speak about trump’s decision to roll back PBO health care protections for trans people. Also Governor Brown’s decision to “pause” the reopening of Oregon due to a rise in cases, that has come even after a successful stay at home period. Oregonians are supportive and on board with her decisions, based on science,
    data and medical advisory.
    (https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/gov-kate-brown-this-decision-will-transform-the-lives-of-millions-of-lgbtq-americans-85125189721)

    • June 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      If Obama Administration protections for transgender health care were rolled back:
      “The rule would affect protections for the 1.4 million transgender adults and 150,000 transgender teenagers ages 13 to 17 in the U.S., according to the Williams Institute, a research group at the University of California School of Law in Los Angeles that studies sexual-orientation and gender-identity policy. Trump administration officials have said that the policy is being changed to more closely hew to the ACA text, which doesn’t explicitly mention gender identity as a protected category in health care. The provision has spurred a host of lawsuits from states and religious plaintiffs that claimed the expanded protections are unlawful.” (WSJ)

  24. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 1:34 pm

  25. June 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    “Coronavirus is back, and spreading — but let’s blame Trump, instead of each other.
    An indefinite lockdown was always unsustainable, but Trump’s lack of a plan led to our current predicament”
    “Most of the spikes are in Republican-controlled states like Texas, Florida, Georgia and Arizona,
    where governors curried favor with Trump by lifting restrictions long before meeting even some of the criteria recommended by public health officials. On Sunday, the death toll from the virus, now at 118,000, surpassed the number of American lives lost in World War I.”
    (https://www.salon.com/2020/06/16/coronavirus-is-back-and-spreading–but-lets-blame-trump-instead-of-each-other/)

    • June 16, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      We can see imo by now that the intellectually limited Himself,
      (the “Post-policy President” per Benen), understands and cares only for his fans, his cash, staying out of prison, and power. We cannot let up on blaring it relentlessly that Trump’s willful denial, negligence, greed, and cruelty are responsible for the gigantic death toll in America.

  26. 58 marleysperson
    June 16, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Could be Must See TV

  27. June 16, 2020 at 2:20 pm

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  30. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    • 63 globalcitizenlinda
      June 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    • 64 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Of course.

  31. 65 nena20409
    June 16, 2020 at 3:14 pm

  32. 66 nena20409
    June 16, 2020 at 3:17 pm

  33. June 16, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    PA Republicans are trying to force the hand of Gov Wolf…to get him to open up faster…Wolf had taken a measured approach using CDC guidelines as much as possible..taking a page from Trump’s handbook…they are .trying to pretend that all is well in PA…because they have had not much success..they have now settled on impeachment…

    all to deliver PA to Trump…

    the only good Republican is one that is OUT of OFFICE…and then maybe not even then

  34. June 16, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    NOW ON C-SPAN 1
    Senate Judiciary Hearing on Police Use of Force and Community Policing

    awesome public hearing taking place,,,

    On Justice in Policing acts

  35. June 16, 2020 at 3:50 pm

  36. June 16, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Kamala did such a powerful job at this hearing. I hope there will be video out there covering it.

    This is her closing:

  37. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    June 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    • 75 Don
      June 16, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      In this and many other instances when the subject is Black all humanity goes out the window. There is no amount of training that can instill humanity into a police officer, either that officer comes on the job with humanity or he or she doesn’t.

  38. June 16, 2020 at 4:41 pm

  39. 77 jer44
    June 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm

  40. 81 vcprezofan2
    June 16, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I opened up my twitter feed and saw this ‘old’ TOD friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while and it made me smile.

  41. June 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    • 84 pkayden
      June 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      I’m not buying Bolton’s book. He chose not to testify during the impeachment proceedings so he’s a traitor just like Trump and all the entire GOP.

  42. June 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

  43. June 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    This will be interesting…a car caravan….i wonder if the press will cover it

  44. 87 vcprezofan2
    June 16, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    A somber artistic rendition of some of those who lost their lives via police. The person sharing gives the link to the artist – Adrian Brandon – thus you can go to the link to see all the sketches.

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      June 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      etc.

  45. June 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

  46. 90 vcprezofan2
    June 16, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    America locks up more of its citizens than any other country…

    What are you deciding to do about it?

  47. 91 nena20409
    June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Why Indeed?

  48. June 16, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    One Act, more than any other has the potential to begin altering the endless denial of human rights to Black Americans and other POC.

    It’s for WHITE Americans to make a commitment that they will not rest until the franchise is guaranteed and protected for EVERY American.

    Any successful #ThirdReconstruction, and hope for #TruthAndReconciliation to yield tangible, sustainable consequences must be based on a rock solid assurance that EVERY American ‘owns the franchise’ to VOTE.

    So, I’ve decided one way to catalyze the endeavor is to begin with a simple, firm meme – #GoThroughMe.

  49. June 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm

  50. 97 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm

  51. 98 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

  52. June 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

  53. 101 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm

  54. 102 pkayden
    June 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm


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