WATCH: Defunding police will target 'heroes,' former officer and conservative commentator says

  • Daniel Bongino, a former member of law enforcement and now a conservative podcast host, advocated against calls to cut funding to police departments around the United States as a measure of public safety reform. Bongino told the House Judiciary Committee on June 10 that the U.S. "can and should commit to police accountability without shredding the thin wall between civilization and chaos."
    "There are officers, no question, who aren’t suited for the job and who cause trouble, sometimes worse. We've seen that. But, in my experience, this is rare and becoming rarer," Bongino said. In May, a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes, leading to his death. That officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder.
    Bongino served as a New York police officer and a U.S. Secret Service agent, and has made three unsuccessful bids at running for Congress. In his testimony, he remembered officers and firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks, saying, "the defund the police movement will target these heroes. They ARE the police, these people. It’s not some amorphous mass that will be affected, it’s real heroes, in real time."
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