So it seems that there're actually people who believe that the appropriate response, in purging the last remnants of institutional racism from the ranks of our nation's police departments, is to defund all police departments, thus, effectively, ending all police departments, across this great nation.
That is not a typo.
OK, nobody's calling anybody a brain-damaged, idiotic lunatic, but here's how I'd bet that'd play out...
First, every murderous criminal, every rapist, and every burglar, would invade every single home that wasn't protected, 24/7, by somebody prepared to defend their families...and they would steal everything worth stealing, rape all the women, and murder all the men. Good times.
Side Note: I can't help but wonder, should all that horror come to pass, if one or two opponents of the Second Amendment, looking down at the charred corpses of their raped and murdered wives and daughters, might not reconsider their positions. Well, more on that, some other time, perhaps.
Next, the remaining citizens, realizing, rather belatedly, that defunding the police had left the defense of their homes and themselves entirely to their own initiative, would get organized, and make arrangements among themselves to patrol their neighborhoods with armed packs.
Of course...that doesn't always work out as well as you might expect...
As hard as it may be to believe, for some, citizens whose expertise lies, say, in Accounting, Cooking, or other worthy endeavors, might not possess nearly the same level of expertise, in rendering sound judgement calls, and adjudicating justice, as, say, a professional peace officer might.
There are also the matters of compensation, practicality, and accountability, oui? Men and women all have their own responsibilities to deal with, and many have families to attend to. Criminals must be jailed and attended to, there must be a record of crimes, arrests, and everything else involved, and there must be people answerable for all these things, lest we descend, once again, into the Chaos whence we came...And not only must these people be accountable to us, we, in turn, must be accountable to them, providing them suitable remuneration for the risks that they take on our collective behalf, and a structural system of support worthy of their brave, noble efforts.
And this crew of brave, noble citizens, black men and women, white men and women, all men and women, putting their lives on the line to protect the innocent, shall be called...the Police.
Defund the police???