Top Dem Recruit in Ohio Swing District Wrote Proposal To Defund Police Amid Homicide Spike
Added 01-26-22 05:20:03am EST - “A top Democratic Party recruit to run for Congress in an Ohio swing district wrote a proposal to defund Cincinnati police as the city experienced a spike in murders.” - Freebeacon.com
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A top Democratic Party recruit to run for Congress in an Ohio swing district wrote a proposal to defund Cincinnati police as the city experienced a spike in murders.
As a Cincinnati city councilman in the summer of 2020, Democrat Greg Landsman penned a motion to pull $200,000 from the city's police budget to help fund the Citizen Complaint Authority, an independent group that investigates law enforcement officers. The proposal came as Cincinnati experienced an unprecedented number of homicides—the city saw an all-time record high of 94 killings in 2020, six more than its previous high of 88 in 2006. One fatal shooting occurred just two days before Landsman unveiled his motion. Just weeks later, the city suffered its fourth double homicide of the year.
Landsman's proposal to defund police did not deter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) from recruiting the councilman to challenge Ohio Republican congressman Steve Chabot this November. Landsman confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer in December that national Democrats asked him to run against Chabot in the state's First Congressional District—a swing seat that the DCCC has identified as a top target—and announced his campaign weeks later. Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney asserted last year that Democrats do not support defunding the police, an accusation that he dismissed as a "Republican talking point."
Landsman defended his controversial motion, which came during the height of the defund movement, during a June 2020 interview with WLWT. The local NBC affiliate noted that the Democrat's proposal is "basically the definition of defunding."
"The question that I think we're all going to have to wrestle with is, ‘What does public safety look like now, and what does it need to look like?'" Landsman said. "I believe the changes that are absolutely public safety-related—which these are—should come from the public safety budget, should come from the police budget."
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