Denver City Council Cancels “Defund the Police” Meeting as Demonstrators Threaten Takeover
It’s always fascinating to watch liberals squirm when radicals burn. Take the Denver City Council for instance. Sure, council members are supposed not to be affiliated with any political party, but in Denver, the reality is this: They range from “left-leaning” to “flaming” liberal.
On the far-left spectrum there is Councilmember Candi CdeBaca. Her belief statement speaks volumes:
“I don’t believe that our current economic system actually works. Capitalism, by design, is extractive, and in order to generate profit in a capitalist system, something has to be exploited, I believe in community ownership of land, labor, resources, and distribution of those resources.”
Candi is well educated. She has a degree in social work. Social scientists love to use loaded terms like “extractive.” Karl Marx, by the way, used the term “exploited” quite a bit during his skull sessions in London coffee houses where he mooched meal money. So, Candi is in good company. (She has also visited Cuba, and she loves the place.)
Candi is part of a 13-member Denver city council trying to figure out how to appease the protesters and rioters who have already vandalized, damaged, rioted, and destroyed historical monuments in Colorado’s capital. Like other failed city governments, the council is wavering between statements of empathy with all those poor exploited souls and actual radical budget cuts for the police–who protected city hall during the May riots in the city center.
The Council had scheduled a meeting for Monday, June 29. But in this new era of mob rule, they decided to cancel, fearing more planned protests.
The Council was still reeling from the noise and rowdiness as protesters took over their meeting on the previous Monday. It seems that screaming speakers broke the 3-minute rule and wouldn’t give up the mic. One typical emotional remark was “You are not doing enough, you are not doing enough and you are not doing enough. And if you continue to sit by, then we will tear all this shit down.”
News coverage from the Denver Post was gentle and empathetic: “Scores of activists showed up to Denver City Council chambers Monday night demanding that their cries of frustration, anger and sorrow be heard and demanding that the group defund the city’s police department.”
Other less sympathetic observers might have put it this way: “A group of sweaty, scruffy, tattooed, wild-eyed demonstrators took over a Denver City Council meeting and threatened to break shit unless the Denver Police Department was defunded and every cop sent to sensitivity training.”
Then there was the excuse the council spokesperson gave. While our commie friend Candi CdeBaca called the cancellation move racist, Council President Colon Clark cited health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. That risk extended to council members, city staff, and the citizens in attendance. We can’t have that. (Those concerns never applied to last month’s rioters, of course.)
Clark cited concerns for “health and safety of the public,” but he probably wanted to avoid the ugly optics of asking the defunded police to clear the council chambers when hot-headed left-wing idiots morphed into their overloaded psychotic state and began, you know, tearing shit up.
In other news, two St. Louis home owners confronted demonstrators, who had demolished a private gate and became abusive and threatening while they surrounded their home. However, demonstrators backed down when the homeowners exercised their Second Amendment rights by means of a long gun and pistol pointed in their general direction.
The demonstrators, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, were “peaceful.”