LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in an interview today that she supports the spirit of defunding the police. She made the comments in a live Instagram interview on "The Root", with Terrell Jermaine Starr.
"Defund the police" is a slogan in the Black Lives Matter movement. It has gained national attention during widespread demonstrations and rioting against police brutality following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest by Minneapolis police.
The exact meaning of "defund the police" has been open to interpretation.
Whitmer said in "The Root" interview that "defunding the police" is really about prioritizing resources. “You look at budgets and they’re focused on policing — they should be focused on education, transportation, access to health care, access to skills and leveling the playing field. If you do all those other things, you don’t need all the money that’s going to the police departments".
Gretchen Whitmer is the national co-chair of presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign, and has been widely speculated to be in the running for his Vice Presidential pick. She has marched in unison with the Black Lives Matter and other demonstrators, despite her own stay at home/ stay safe executive orders. Gretchen Whitmer's office could not be reached for comment by press time.