Summarizing the Dominant Ideas in the Democratic Party on Policing

Mar 16, 2021 | Police

Democrats don’t like police. They don’t view the police as the solution for crime. That is at least if you believe Perry Bacon’s piece at 538 summarizing the current views in the Democratic Party. Interestingly, they don’t include anything on gun control presumably because there is no debate in the party on that. From Bacon’s piece (with his links):

Law enforcement agencies, from local police departments to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are designed to defend America’s status quo as much as any public safety mission. When they treat people of color or the poor badly, they are working as they are designed. So these agencies must be defunded, abolished, disbanded or at least dramatically changed if the goal is to improve their treatment of people of color and the poor. 

Perry Bacon, Jr., “The Ideas That Are Reshaping The Democratic Party And America,” Five Thirty Eight, March 16, 2021.