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It's a close race amongDemocrats "defund the police " in this year's chutzpah Olympics , but representative of New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the House of " the Squad "are well positioned to take home the gold. Fully embracing the policy of "good for you, but not for me " AOC, Minnesota 's Ilhan Omar , from Massachusetts Ayanna Pressley , and Squad's newest member Cori Bush of Missouri are among the most vocal fundraising advocates - as well as being, according to reports of the Federal Election Commission, among the biggest spenders in personal security.
All of these lawmakers support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House last summer but has stagnated in the Senate. Pressley also sponsored the BREATHE Act, a bill supported by Black Lives Matters executives , who believe the Floyd Law does not go far enough. The BREATHE Act, which calls for the total elimination of federal law enforcement agencies, particularly tho themselves assigned to curb illegal drug and immigration activities, would initially apply only 'at the federal level, but would ultimately affect the national and local police in these areas as well.
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With support from Squad, Pressley sponsored the reintroduced Ending Qualified Immunity Act , which makes it easier for individuals to prosecute national and local authorities, primarily the police. She and Bush are also sponsors of the People 's Response Act, which aims to create a public safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, to replace incarceration with alternatives based on the health and to provide $ 7.5 billion in community grants - organizations based on alternatives to policing.
Despite their rhetoric and legislative proposals, Squad members rely on private security - or, in the case of the male member of the Squad, New York Representative Jamaal Bowman, local police - to provide the protection they would deny to their own constituents.eurs.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: The representative of United States Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pauses as she speaks as Reps Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) listen during a press conference at the The United States Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on the four Progressive Democratic women in Congress, claiming that if they are not happy in the United States, "they can leave " ". (Photo by Alex Wroblewski / Images)
In the two months between April 15 and June 28, Bush spent nearly $ 70,000 of his campaign fundsgne for personal safety, the greatest number of legislators in the House. nearly $ 20,000 above the median household income for residents of his district, which covers St. Louis and adjacent communities. Bush, who often wears a Black Lives Matter or "Y 'All Gone Stop Killing Us! " T-shirt, says she believes police funding would prevent the deaths of people like Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor. But it's unclear who would stop the ensuing murder. Of the 130 homicide victims in St. Louis so far this year, half of the residents of which are African-American, all but ten of the victims were African-American (98 males and 22 females). The vast majority of them involved firearms - none had been fired by a police officer.
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Asked about her personal security expenses, Bush described herself as a black woman who his life on the line, "claiming that white supremacists, including the cops, have made threats and " racist attempts "on his life, and that his " body is worth being on this planet right now. "She said she has " too much work to do "and " too many people ... need help right now ". need to fund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we are trying to save lives. "
Ironically, despite Bush's support for the St. Louis vote to fund his Metropolitan Police Department, the only officers who lost their jobs in the city were two Saint Louis Cite sheriff's deputies who guarded her during her prison visit. Both were fired by Sheriff Vernon Betts, a black Democrat, after repeated warnings that they had not obtained second-job approvals or private security licenses.
Although Bush's security payments did constitute one-third of its roughly $ 200,000 in second-quarter campaign spend, most of that - $ 54,120.92 - went to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based company with two Manhattan addresses and a website in construction. The only local beneficiary, Nathaniel Davis, whose address is the same as the Bush campaign committee, received three payments totaling $ 15,000.
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AOC spent less on security and kept some of its spending locally. The 4,000$ she spent in the second quarter of 2021 is a big drop from the $ 45,000 in the first quarter. she represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, about $ 35,000 of Ocasio-Cortez 's local spending in the first quarter went to businesses with addresses in Brooklyn, including three payments of $ 3,000 each to C ' est Bon Collective and two payments totaling approximately $ 25,000 to Three Bridges, LLC. In February, she also paid a Houston company $ 1,552.50 for personal safety when she visited the city during her hurricane response efforts.
Like RS&T, the company that Bush uses, neither C 'est Bon nor Three Bridges provides a lot of information online about their businesses. But Tullis Worldwide Protection, the Virginia company that Ocasio-Cortez does around $ 4,000 in January, touts the experience of its CEO, Devin Tullis, including stints with entrepreneurialPrivate military man Blackwater, whose employees have been accused of committing war crimes in Iraq. Asked about his work for AOC, Tullis said little, but noted that he "does not hire social workers " - the squad's preferred option to replace the police.
Pressley and Omar were more modest than their colleagues in their security spending, but they still spent significantly more than most MPs. Pressley spent over $ 4,000 in the first quarter of 2021 and over $ 3,500 in the second quarter. While some of her expenses were local, she employed a Virginia company in January and a Washington, D.C. company in March. Omar also cut his second quarter security bills, from $ 3,000 to $ 2,800 sli, all spent locally in St. Paul and nearby Ramsey, Minnesota.
At least in the chutzpah competition, Bowman may have outperformed other Squad Members. After being elected in 2020, he wasted no time voicing his support for the George Floyd Act, simply calling it a floor, not a ceiling, in the battle for police reform. Bowman, who has called the cops agents "white supremacist, " represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester County - where, at his request, the Yonkers Police Department, the county's largest, provides additional protection for the single-family home he shares with his wife and children.
Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, summed up the hypocrisy when he noted, "He didn't Not so long ago, the congressman called for a dramatic reduction in the police in the most violent crimes. -ships in the grip ... Ask these same police officers to protect your familyIt is just shameful while creating policies that make communities of color less safe. "