The Memphis Police Association is outraged after political activists changed two billboards in the area to read “defund the police,” including one near the location of a police officer’s death last weekend.
The altered billboard read “Defund the Police: See all the lives you could save.”
“It’s very frustrating. Officers are already suffering the loss of a co-worker,” Memphis Police Association President Lt. Essica Cage-Rosario said during a Fox News “Fox & Friends First” interview on Thursday.
“This is the third officer we’ve lost in just as many months. So officers are already feeling a sense of remorse,” she said.
“They’re very saddened about the loss of their co-worker, and to see someone put up a billboard in the same area saying ‘defund the police,’ it’s a slap in the face,” Cage-Rosario said.
“This group, they clearly took over someone else’s billboard and committed an act of vandalism, very brazen and very unnecessary if you ask me,” the police lieutenant said.
Memphis police Officer Darrell Adams was working the scene of a traffic accident last weekend when he was struck by a semi-truck and tragically lost his life.
A group reportedly claimed credit for defacing the billboards. “In an email sent to WREG, the group refers to itself as guerrilla activists art collective INDECLINE. It says it took to the highways of Memphis to alter the message of two Geico insurance billboards with a call to defund police,” WREG-TV reported.
The network may call them guerilla activists, but the actions are those of criminals. The reason so-called activists continue to disgrace police officers and are nation are because there is no incentive to make them stop. If the people responsible were given a serious punishment for their vandalism, others in the area would less likely attempt a similar disrespectful action.
It’s sad to see a profession that was once the dream of many children become a group the left has turned into the bad guys instead of the good guys. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each day to serve and protect our communities. The least we can do is show them some respect.
Defunding the police simply does not work. It actually accomplishes the opposite. Seattle now continues to struggle to find officers to work after cutting budgets and encouraging unlawful actions by Antifa and other groups.
Minneapolis has had more than 200 police officers quit or retire over the past year as officers face a city council ready to defund the police. When will the left get the message that stopping those who stop crime only encourages more crime?
Defunding the police has never been part of true American values. Americans respect the rule of law, including those who enforce the law. Without backing the blue, we’re doomed to communities ruled by gangs and others who would seek to rule through crime.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If we can show some respect and support our law enforcement, we can once again encourage one of the nation’s most important professions. No more defund the police. Far more back the blue.