- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Susan Rice lamented Tuesday that the “Defund the Police” movement had been “hijacked and manipulated by the right wing” because of its vague terminology.

Mrs. Rice, a former Obama administration official and potential vice presidential pick for presumptive Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden, said during a wide-ranging virtual discussion with Washington Post Live that critics of the movement are getting unnecessarily hung up on the word “defund.”

“I’m not a fan of the terminology ‘defunding the police’ because it’s been manipulated and misunderstood by many,” she said, according to a clip highlighted by Just The News. “I think that there is a place for, in certain local circumstances depending on what is going on in the particular area, to reimagine, re-envision the role that police play, to get them out of some of the work that they customarily do that is more akin to social work than traditional policing.

“I think they have to be attached to the community and responsible to the community,” she continued. “And yes, there are places where there can be some responsible reallocation of resources, but there’s no one-size-fits-all model. There’s no cookie-cutter approach that you can apply.”

Mrs. Rice went on to say she “largely” agreed with Democrats like Mr. Biden, who recently argued in favor of reallocating some police resources to other programs such as mental health counseling.

She said, “It’s reimagining and reinvesting and investing additional resources in our communities that have suffered as the solution rather than a vague terminology that has been hijacked and manipulated by the right wing, unfortunately, I think, taking the goodwill of people who really want to see positive change and turning it on its head through the term ‘defunding.’”

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