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Bongino: Defunding police 'single most catastrophic, deadly public policy decision' in modern history

Fox News commentator Dan Bongino said calls to defund the police are "the single most catastrophic, deadly public policy decision we've seen in the modern history of the United States."

"Make absolutely no mistake about it. People will die. Real people. Not Hollywood nonsense. Not movie types. Real people, kids, teenagers, and adults will die," Bongino, a former New York police officer and Secret Service agent told "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

"Think about the continuum from low-level property crime to murderers and terrorists. The message that sends to all of them," he said.

Calls to defund police departments across the country have been growing since the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody after an officer pinned Floyd to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck. The officer now faces second-degree murder charges. Three other officers at the scene were also charged with aiding and abetting murder.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of a Minneapolis protest on Saturday after he said he did not support abolishing police in response to a question about whether he'd back defunding the local police,

Several Democratic lawmakers have called for governments to at a minimum look into defunding local police.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted that elected officials should work to defund over-funded police departments. 

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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Mich.) said the defund police movement should not be brushed aside.

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Omar introduces bill to sanction Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Minn.) said the Minneapolis Police Department should be disbanded.

 

A recent YouGov poll released earlier this month showed just 16 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans surveyed support cutting police funding.