Charlotte City Councilman Advocates for Unarmed Police Replacement

Charlotte, NC – A Charlotte City Councilman, Braxton Winston, recently told local media outlet Fox46 that the city would be better served if an unarmed agency replaced the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He stated that the agency could use their “communications skills” instead of force. Winston is an anti-police activist.

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Screenshot of Braxton Winston

So, I think if you look right now, most of those, those potentially violent situations already right now, resolve using interpersonal skills, as in talking and being present…I do not believe that…the utilization of violence creates peaceful outcomes. And I think there’s plenty of evidence in that and we need to do things differently.

Braxton Winston, Charlotte City Council

That customer service approach is not necessarily my view of the types of reforms and changes that are needed for, again, the government’s role in ensuring a safe community.

Braxton Winston

Even local residents, one of whom has been in Charlotte for 74 years, believes that unarmed officers “become a target.”

I think the police, if they weren’t armed, they become a target. And once they become a target, then we’ll be having other situations that will be having vigils for and that is absolutely, absolutely ridiculous.

Thomas Sadler, local resident and president of his neighborhood association

You don’t see the other types of interactions that police officers have, they have still good relationships with people, they still go into do all these beneficial things for our community.

Excerpt: Fraternal Order of Police

This clown clearly hasn’t done a ride-along with CMPD officers, nor does he apparently read the newspaper, where in just the past few weeks a number of police officers across the country have been ambushed at such “violent” calls. Some of those officers died from their wounds.

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Former Chief of Police at Law Enforcement Today.

The argument for unarmed police, or unarmed civilians has been made before, but it’s a tremendously dangerous idea. Yes, some police that have the “gift of gab” can talk down a situation. But if they cannot, they can end up dead. Sometimes situations happen so fast that there is no time for psychological evaluations of the perpetrators. Some of the cities that have disarmed their police or defunded them re about to find out just how dangerous dealing with crime really is.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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