” We’re not requesting the cops to be entirely abolished,” Minneapolis activist Raeisha Williams informed “ The Story” Wednesday in an effort to discuss her require “defunding” the cops. “What we’re requesting is equivalent treatment.”
” We are residents, we’re American citizens that assisted construct this nation …” she informed host Sandra Smith. ” What we’ve requested for from the beginning of time given that we have actually landed here as slaves in America [is] equivalent treatment so that we as residents get the same treatment as our White residents.”
Williams explained the troubles she stated Black Americans face when dealing with the police.
” When African-Americans typically call the cops for aid or when they’re in requirement, the call time is much longer and the length [of time it takes] for them [police] to get here to the scene is greater. These are data that are already out there,” she said. “And so what we’re asking is when we call, reveal up and show up rapidly, as rapidly as you carry out in prominent White wealthy neighborhoods.
” Program up and be respectful and kind and have a bit of, you understand, comprehending that we may be going through some trauma at the time, simply treat us as human beings.”
Williams told Smith that to her, the idea of “defunding” the police referred to “moving funds to neighborhood resources.” According to her, “police do not have the insight, the understanding, the ability or the training to look after all of the issues that happen in [the] community.
” And so when we’re talking about that, we’re speaking about mental health issues. We’re talking about domestic calls. Let’s take some of that funding and repurpose it in the community’s hands with companies who are on the ground doing the grassroots work.”
Williams, whose sibling was shot and killed in 2018, stated African-Americans want police to concentrate on what she explained as ” high criminal offenses, such as weapon violence in our neighborhood [and] rapes.”
” African-American males and kids go missing out on at higher numbers than White Americans,” she included. “Those missing reports aren’t being taken major. We’re having a great deal of burglaries and vandalism that’s occurring in our neighborhood …
” But we desire you to concentrate on the genuine criminal activity and stop over-policing African-Americans and individuals of color and concentrate on the criminal offense, the drugs, the weapon violence that’s occurring, and really, actually help us cause change in our neighborhoods.”