Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence said that police ”save” Black lives rather than ”endanger” them as crime nationwide increases and police departments shrink following racial unrest from the George Floyd murder last year.
”Democrat efforts to defund the police, withdraw support for law enforcement, has set off a violent crime wave that’s wreaking havoc in families across the nation. Black lives are not endangered by police, black lives are saved by police every day,” Pence said Thursday night during the annual Hillsborough County Republicans Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in New Hampshire.
”We don’t need to defund the police, we need to defend the police and reject the anti-law enforcement agenda of Joe Biden and the Democrats in Washington and put the lives of law-abiding citizens of every race, and creed, and color first.”
Many federal and state Democrat officials called for defunding of police departments, especially in large cities after George Floyd died in police custody.
Viral videos of the incident led to racially charged riots across the nation, killing more than 30 people, and causing billions in property damage, according to The New York Times.
Many police departments in large cities, including New York and Los Angeles, saw a large increase in