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Kamala Harris: “Of Course” We Won’t Get Rid Of The Police, “We Have To Be Practical”

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Sen. Kamala Harris told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that “of course” Democrats will not support getting rid of the police, as President Trump suggested Monday, but the police need to be reformed and demilitarized. “People protesting in the streets are protesting what has been a long-standing at issue in America that needs to be addressed, and it can be done in a way that does not require us to create fear in people,” she said. “There needs to be accountability and consequence for anyone who breaks the law and breaks the rules. And so what we’re talking about in our package of bills is doing just that.” “And separately, we really do have to get to a point where we agree that the status quo way of thinking about achieving safety is really wrong when it assumes that the best way to achieve more safety is to put more police on the streets. It’s just wrong,” she said. “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe. Right now what we’re seeing in America is many cities spend over 1/3 of their entire city budget on policing. But meanwhile we’ve been defunding public schools for years in America, we’ve got to reexamine what we’re doing with Americans’ taxpayer dollars, and ask the question are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities?” “Does that mean, bottom line, that we need fewer police on the streets for America right now?” host George Stephanopoulos asked. “It means that we need to invest in communities, George” she replied. “We need to recognize that if you invest in communities, they will be healthy, they will be strong, and we won’t have a need for militarization of police… We have to stop that, we have to stop militarization of police, but that doesn’t mean we get rid of the police, of course not. But we have to be practical about this.”

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