By Kaylee Greenlee
The former National Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign tweeted late Wednesday night advocating to defund the police.
Brian Fallon Jr. was previously the National Press Secretary for Clinton’s presidential campaign, Fallon heads the organization Demand Justice as the co-founder and executive dtirector.
Defund the police
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) June 4, 2020
The tweet came after the sixth day of nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death. Floyd’s death occured after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, according to video of the incident.
Fallon also retweeted an article titled “Defund Our Punishment Bureaucracy,” published by The American Prospect. The article claims that the single policy issue capable of addressing the “emergencies” caused by coronavirus and protests of “unaccountable police” is the permanent decline of established policing and incarceration infrastructure. “It is time to start defunding our punishment bureaucracy.”
I wrote about what it might look like—amid mass protest against lawless police violence and coming budget austerity—to take seriously abolitionist demands to defund our punishment bureaucracy, while supporting alternative systems that help people thrive. https://t.co/hjFnNZCxEe
— Brian Highsmith (@bd_highsmith) June 2, 2020
Demand Justice is an activist organization that describes itself as progressive and “fighting to restore the ideological balance and legitimacy of the federal courts by advocating for reform and vigorously opposing extreme nominees.”
Fallon previously worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, he also served as a top aide to New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.
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