House Signs Off On Measure to Counter Calls to Defund Police

( – On May 17, the US House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution to express support for law enforcement officers and to push back against calls from the progressive left to “defund the police.” The bill is the final resolution that House Republicans have put forth as part of “Police Week.”

The bill, which is nonbinding, officially condemns cries from the left to defund the police, a popular chant since the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots following the death of George Floyd and suggests that such calls have “increased violence” towards all forms of law enforcement officers. The bill also expresses appreciation and shares condolences to the families and friends of fallen law enforcement officers who died while on the job, as well as acknowledging a need for a centralized collection of information on the number of officers who are injured, disabled, or attacked while on duty.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York spoke of the resolution before it passed, suggesting that the “pro-criminal” agenda of Democrats and the far left have “sacrificed” the safety of police officers as well as making it more difficult for officers to perform their duties.

Deaths of law enforcement officers while on duty substantially increased following the 2020 BLM riots. The deadliest year for police officers was 2021, with 586 officers killed in the line of duty. In 2022, 224 officers were killed in action, while in 2023, 137 were killed. Though fewer officers died in 2023, there were 378 recorded instances of officers being shot, with nearly a third of those being ambush attacks.

Though the vast majority of the House voted in favor of the resolution, 61 Democrats, voted against the measure. The entire “squad,” including Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA) voted against the resolution, suggesting the “partisan” bill does not substantively improve the lives or jobs of law enforcement officers.

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