An activist in the Bronx blasted the idea of defunding the police, pointing to the nationwide spike in violent crime.
Melody Jimenez, the Bronx-raised founder of the organization No Voice Unheard, lambasted the left-wing push to defund the police and said unity between police officers and the communities they serve is the only true way forward.
“There’s a lot of crime happening in the Bronx. There are shootings every day. There are over two or three shootings a week in the Bronx,” Jimenez said on Tuesday. “And we can’t police ourselves. We need authorities to come into our communities and help us.”
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“Why would we defund officers who come out here and risk their lives?” she continued in her interview with News 12 The Bronx. “Because there’s a lot of money in these streets for cure violence organizations and nothing is changing.”
No Voice Unheard, Jimenez’s organization, seeks to create unity between law enforcement and the communities they serve while also having little patience for both police brutality and anti-police activists.
“There’s not one person that will probably go to an officer when they feel unsafe because of what’s going on in this world,” Jimenez said. “And we need officers to step up, as well.”
She added that kids in her community are “afraid” of being themselves and called for police to “simmer down” in their communities, but reminded people that officers are people, too.
“They are getting disrespected. They are told we want to defund you, th
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