Interview with National FOP VP Joe Gamaldi: "Protestors Call For Cities & States To Defund The Police"

National FOP Vice President Joe Gamaldi and Harris Faulkner discuss the radical left wing push to dissolve law enforcement.

In an interview on "Outnumbered Overtime" with host Harris Faulkner, National VOP Vice-President Joe Gamaldi said that he recognizes that the "radical" idea makes for a popular Twitter hashtag that "all the virtue-signaling politicians and Hollywood elites" can use, but is not sure that those calling for defunding law enforcement know what that process would "actually look like."

The "insane" conversation circulating about defunding police departments would only aid criminals and hurt communities, Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Joe Gamaldi stated Friday. "And, I think you are seeing it right now. There is lawlessness in the streets, innocent citizens are being assaulted out there during these protests, and I think you are seeing the consequences of defunding police for the last few years," he asserted.

"In every major city, we are short police officers. They’ve made it a point to not staff us to the point that we need to be. And now, violent crime is up in almost every major city," Gamaldi continued.

Gamaldi pointed out that in Houston, Texas, where he is president of the Houston Police Officers Union, murders are up 48 percent and aggravated assaults are up 22 percent.

"Our response times continue to skyrocket. And, now you are going to defund the police? What sense does that make?" he asked. "And, I’ll tell you: from the people [who] I speak within the community, they don't want [fewer] police officers; they want more."

On Wednesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that they would slash up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget to reinvest into communities of color. San Francisco Mayor London Breed followed suit, tweeting that she would "lead the effort to redirect funding from the SFPD to support the African-American community in the upcoming budget."

"Well, yeah, I think we absolutely need to have all of these conversations. What happened in Minneapolis was abhorrent," Gamaldi affirmed. "And, we all need to be talking with our communities, we need to be listening right now, and we need to see: can we come together on a few different issues?"

Gamaldi told Faulkner that everyone could agree there "needs to be some reforms like a nationwide de-escalation training for officers," but that that reform would not happen unless everyone was at the table together.

"Well, you know, I think when people don't even consult with us before making decisions like that or putting things out," he added. "And, most recently here in the city of Houston we’ve had people say ‘You need to ban chokeholds.’ Well, we’ve never even had chokeholds here.

"So, I think in situations like this, emotions run high. Everyone needs to take a breath. Let’s figure out some solutions," Gamaldi advised. "But, defunding the police department when violent crime is already through the roof is not the answer.The only people that are going to suffer are hardworking, law-abiding people of our community.

"But let’s have these conversations. Let’s sit down and talk about it. Let’s just not immediately jump to conclusions that we need to defund police officers. It’s completely ridiculous," he said.

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