Trump insists no police defunding amid US-wide clamour for reforms

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 8) pledged to maintain funding for police departments in the United States amid growing calls for sweeping cuts to law enforcement budgets as protesters clamoured for an end to police brutality following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

"There won't be defunding, there won't be dismantling of our police," Trump told a roundtable of state, federal, and local law enforcement officials at the White House on Monday.

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"We want to make sure we don't have any bad actors in there … but 99 per cent … of them are great, great people and have done jobs that are record-setting."

Demonstrators' anger over the May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, is giving way to a growing movement to make his case a turning point in race relations and policing, with some protesters and some liberal Democrats calling for police budgets to be slashed.

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But moderate Democrats have distanced themselves from the proposal, including presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was jeered by protesters over the weekend after telling them he opposed their demands for cuts in the city's police department.

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At a White House briefing earlier on Monday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump "is appalRead More – Source