Grandfather Of 11-Year-Old Shooting Victim Explains Exactly Why We Can’t Just “Defund The Police”

(Liberty Bell) – Just as soon as Americans picked their jaws up off the floor after hearing that the left’s latest earnest policy push was to defund the police, the entire narrative collapsed in bloodshed as reduced police presence across the nation began to contribute to the death not only of Americans but children.

Over Fourth of July weekend, amid increased violence in the same major American cities that leftist are demanding reduce, or completely dismantle, their police departments, 10 Americans were shot in street violence, including five children.

The grandfather of one of these victims, an 11-year-old boy killed in gunfire in the nation’s capitol on Saturday, told Fox News this week that defunding the police is clearly not the answer.

Davon McCoy, the victim, was reportedly getting a phone charger while on his way to a Fourth of July cookout.

For reasons currently unknown to police, five men shot up the area. One bullet struck McNeal, who later died of his wounds at the hospital.

No arrests have been made.

The police are seeking public assistance in identifying the suspects; something which is chilling to consider in light of recent public animosity towards police.

This is what you vote against when you vote to defund the police. You vote to take resources away from men who want to track down and apprehend men with so little regard for human life, they aren’t even above killing an 11-year-old.

Davon’s grandfather, John Ayala, told FNC’s “The Story” on Monday that these kinds of crimes will ojnly increase if there are fewer police officers on the street.

“You can’t take money from the police department,” Ayala said. “We need the police. You take the police from there and we wind up having less police officers in the street and less detectives. It’s not going to work. Crime is going to get worse … if you start having less police officers, who’s going to come when there is a need for police services?”

Ayala agrees with left-wing activists who believe that the police are the single greatest factor contributing to violence against black people.

Data is also on his side.

“Before going to go after the police officers when they hurt someone that looks like me, they need to go after the people that look like me that hurt people that look like me,” Ayala said.

The Blaze notes:

At least six children were killed in shootings over the weekend, including shootings in Atlanta and Chicago. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ comments on the killing of an 8-year-old girl were similar in their sentiment to what Ayala said — that members of the community are harming their own people more than the police are.

“You can’t blame this on a police officer, you can’t say this is about criminal justice reform,” Bottoms said of the shooting, which happened in a protest zone. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car. We got to stop this. We are doing more harm than any police officer on this force.”

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