Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Sunday argued that more training of police — not defunding, as Democrats advise — will help weed out “bad apples” from law enforcement departments around the country.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy said the current reaction to police brutality cases has created “chaos.”
“Democrats think that the best thing to do is remove money and they praise the removal of money [for] police officers,” he said. “I believe a greater training, a greater transparency and greater accountability is in place to solve much of this problem. Now we have chaos.”
McCarthy derided the autonomous protest zone that has been established in Seattle.
“Instead of having peace and prosperity you have chaos and war lords,” he lamented.
“There are things being said — they are using chokeholds and searching individuals who actually live there, that there is not an idea of freedom within the socialism that they believe, or should not be peace or even Paw Patrol cartoons on television anymore.”
McCarthy said he wants legislation to establish a register that would track the bad apples in police forces.
“The FBI actually has a reporting ability to do this but only 45% of the departments participate,” he said. “It's never the first time there's a bad officer get caught. These reports should actually have another eye to look upon this…. It should not be a clear-the-record when they terminate the individual so then they can go to another department.
“What we're finding is there’s a recent survey that went out to all police chiefs [and] 80% of them are asking for more training,” he added. “That's exactly what we need in a situation like this to de-escalate… remember, 99% of these officers put their life on the line every day.”
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