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Trump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet

Trump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet
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Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellTrump leans into attacks on Biden's family, business dealings Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Tiffany Trump campaigns at Trump Pride event: 'I know what my father believes in' MORE is criticizing a tweet from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Ballot initiatives in Colorado, Louisiana could restrict abortion access Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event MORE’s former national press secretary that calls for police departments to be defunded across the country.

The tweet was from Brian Fallon, who is also a former spokesman for the Justice Department under former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderAlarm grows over Trump team's efforts to monitor polls The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race MORE. He is now the executive director of Demand Justice, a progressive group that works to get liberal justices appointed to federal courts.

 

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Grenell called for Fallon’s tweet to be condemned.

 

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There have been other calls for police departments to be defunded in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Floyd was killed after a police officer in Minneapolis pinned the unarmed black man to the ground while placing his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. The officer now faces second-degree murder charges and three other officers who did not intercede were also charged on Tuesday.

Outrage over the incident has exploded across the country with people calling for major changes in police departments given long patterns of killings of African Americans and other minorities.

An online petition has been launched and backed by singer John Legend, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and actresses Natalie Portman and Jane Fonda, among others, to defund police departments across the country.

 

On the right, there was heavy criticism of the calls to defund police.



Grenell stepped down from his post last month after the Senate confirmed former Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting critical facilities | Appeals court rules Uber, Lyft must comply with labor laws | Biden: Countries that target US elections will 'pay a price' Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting US critical facilities with destructive malware Biden: Countries that interfere in US elections will 'pay a price' MORE (R-Texas) as his successor.

CORRECTION: Grenell is the former DNI. An earlier story included incorrect information.