House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the idea of defunding the police, a frequently used slogan during the 2020 elections, is not the direction that the Democratic Party is headed.
„Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility,“ Pelosi said on ABC’s „This Week.“ „I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress way on the left, saying that ‚defund the police‘ is dead. That causes a concern with a few in our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.“
Host George Stephanopoulos noted that rising crime was a major concern of Americans these days and cited divisions within the party on law enforcement, referring to Missouri Rep. Cori Bush as someone backing the idea of defunding the police.
„That’s not the position of the Democratic Party, with all due respect to Cori Bush,“ Pelosi said. „Community safety to protect and defend in every way is our oath of office.“
Citing California Rep. Karen Bass (who is running mayor for Los Angeles) and New York Mayor Eric Adams as positive examples, Pelosi said Democrats are looking to improve policing by reducing „mistreatment“ of people. Among the priorities that have been frequently mentioned is an end to no-knock warrants, such as the one that led to the fatal shooting of Amir Locke in Minneapolis on Feb. 2.