As cities across America are discussing defunding their police departments, a police officer’s video announcing what defining the police in his town means has gone viral.
The satirical video was originally posted in 2019 before other cities began voting on whether or not to defund their police departments, but the officer’s message couldn’t be more timely and gives the public a harsh look at what could really happen if cities vote to defund their police departments.
In the video, which was posted to the Officer Daniels page, the officer says that the department will be changing its hours, “Due to defunding and police officers quitting.”
In the video, the officer says, “Police services will only be available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am til noon. We will be closed on Sundays to allow officers to take mandatory furlough days.” the officer states.
The topic of defunding the police has stirred a lot of controversies. Last month, the owner of a Chicago trucking company said defunding police departments would wreak havoc on the trucking industry.
Co-owner of JKC Trucking, Mike Kucharski says that operating in Chicago and beyond has been tough since the calls to defund the police began. All the highway ramps to the inner city are closed, and people and truck drivers alike are being attacked and robbed “and we still have a police force protecting us,” he said in a video interview with One America News Network.
“Defunding the police is a bad idea,” he continued.
“Police are a critical part of defending our drivers. Defunding the police is not the solution. We have to work together with critical thinking to find a solution. During this time of crisis the government has been in the driver’s seat making decisions for small businesses – it’s time for small businesses to take back the steering wheel. It’s time for small businesses to make the right decisions and get the economy moving again.”
A survey done by CDLLife showed that 80% of truck drivers said they would not want to accept pickups or deliveries from cities with defunded police departments.
*Note – this video is satire. It was posted to the comedian Officer Daniels Facebook page.
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