Democratic House Member Calls for “No More Policing” in Heated Tweet
Rep. Rashida Tlaib has come under fire again, this time for a controversial tweet that signaled that she was in favor of abolishing the police system completely. The Democrat from Michigan called for “no more policing,” stating her opinion that the system cannot be reformed. She also used the tweet to call for no more incarceration, raising eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
Impetus Behind Tweet
The tweet came Monday in response to the death of Daunte Wright. The 20-year-old from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was pulled over on Sunday for driving a vehicle with expired license plate tags. The young Black man was killed after a police officer accidentally shot him when she meant to pull out her taser instead of her gun.
The police officer resigned from her position on Tuesday.
The tragic event happened just miles from the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, adding more fuel to the fire in an area already experiencing racial tension.
Pushback to Tlaib Tweet
Not surprisingly, Tlaib’s tweet was met with pushback from many conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz responded, saying that a “no more policing” policy would be the death march for the Democrats heading into the 2022 mid-term elections.
Other Twitter users accused Tlaib of hypocrisy, reminding her that she had leaned on the FBI for personal protection when she had received death threats.
Some conservatives also rightfully pointed out that it would be the minorities themselves who would be affected the most if the formal policing system was abolished. Even Donald Trump Jr. weighed into the controversy, accusing Democrats of being too radical on this issue.