Members of the grassroots coalition that wrote, petitioned, and campaigned for Nashvillians to create the Metro Community Oversight Board this week compared the idea of defunding police to some of history’s greatest civil rights accomplishments.
And members of this group, Community Oversight Nashville, also pushed socialism and communism as the best way forward for blacks.
Members of Community Oversight Nashville said as much on their Twitter feed this week.
One Twitter user quoted a media report that suggested that defunding law enforcement is impossible. But members of Community Oversight Nashville chimed in and said this:
“So did abolishing slavery and integration.”
In response, Twitter user @TheVastRightWin said this:
“What sane person would want to live in Nashville with clowns like you in any position of authority?”
And members of Community Oversight Nashville this week retweeted remarks from Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, who boasted that he and his colleagues were about “to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.”
“And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together,” Ellison wrote.
“We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.”
In their retweet, members of Community Oversight Nashville said “This can be us, NASHville.”
On their Twitter feed, members of the group also retweeted the words of Nashville resident Josh Black, who said “we need to unlearn capitalism and begin studying the principles of socialism.”
“It’s easy to tear down a racist system. The tough part will be building a new society based on equality,” Black wrote.
“Capitalism is anti-black. Socialism/Communism is pro-black.”
As The Tennessee Star reported in 2018, Nashville voters approved a civilian oversight board over police as part of a referendum.
One day after the vote, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President James Smallwood said it’s important the board not exclude the perspectives of law enforcement officers.
As reported, FOP members also said they had serious constitutional concerns about the board and that it was a “set up for some means of retaliation and retribution for a problem that doesn’t exist.”
Without the oversight board, FOP members previously told The Star, people can already file complaints with an officer’s supervisor, the district attorney’s office, the US attorney’s office, or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and even the FBI.
If they so choose, they could even go through the civil courts, FOP members added.
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