Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service agent and conservative pundit, spoke before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday form the perspective of a former law enforcement official who personally understands the serious sacrifices police make on behalf of American citizens.
“These are good men and women,” Bongino said before the committee members. “Yes, as with any profession, there are officers, no question, who aren’t suited for the job. Some would cause trouble, sometimes worse, we’ve seen that.”
Further, Bongino added that bad cops are “extremely rare” to find among the police community.
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Dan Bongino
“The special agents I work with and remain friends with to this day in the Secret Service join members of the NYPD, New York City Fire Department, on that tragic day of September 11, 2001. And what they did is they sprinted into those burning buildings and personally escorted people out. As we all know, those buildings collapsed, taking many of those brave NYPD and FDNY souls with them. Those brave souls were running into the buildings, everyone else was evacuating. These are the types of people I was honored and deeply privileged to work with. Public safety came first, everything else came second, sometimes even their own families,” Bongino explained.
Calls to defund the police, which have come with a rise in anger among public protests that have erupted nationwide, Bongino said, “will target these heroes.” “It’s not some amorphous mass that will be affected, it’s real heroes in real-time right now. Moving these heroes from your community and my community, will do nothing but ensure chaos and destruction.”
He continued, “Police officers are the frontlines, putting themselves between the evildoers among us and the honest hardworking Americans just yearning for some security and prosperity in a small slice of Americana.”
Holding police accountable, Bongino said, is something “we can and should commit to” but that it’s important to do so “without shredding the thin wall between civilization and chaos.”
“There are few jobs in this country as stressful as policing,” Bongino said. “I receive an email or a text a few times a year notifying me about the death or injury of a police officer that I knew, worked with, or knew someone that I worked with. Imagine if that was happening at your job. Think about that just for a minute. God forbid, you found out a coworker of yours was killed or injured in the line of duty in the course of doing their job. You didn’t just get this text, you got the text a couple times a year. That’s policing. That’s what they do. They risk their own lives for yours.”
Bongino said that years ago, he was approached by a spouse of a fallen officer who told him ‘the most wonderful sound in the world from a spouse of a police officer is the sound of velcro at night,’ referring to police officer’s body armor coming off after a shift. That sound, Bongino concluded, signifies that “they’re home safely.”
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Bongino concluded.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Mr. Bongino testified before the House Oversight Committee when he actually spoke before the House Judiciary Committee.
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CA Transgender Inmates Claim Officials Aren’t Transferring Them to Preferred Sex Prisons
California transgender inmates are claiming that the state’s prison officials are refusing to “fully implement” a law that would allow them to transfer to prisons of the opposite sex. An attorney for the group says the officials “regularly violate” the law.
The original law, SB132, took effect in 2021. The law has already been challenged in federal court last November by the Women’s Liberation Front on behalf of four female inmates who argue the measure endangers biologically female prisoners by allowing men to pose as women.
The suit also claims the law violates the female inmates’ freedom of speech and religion and their right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment by requiring them to treat the male inmates as women.
“The reality that men and women are factually, materially, immutably different, in ways that disadvantage women and necessitate attention to women’s unique needs, supports protection of incarcerated women by providing women-only correctional facilities,” the lawsuit states.
National Review reports:
Inmates have filed at least 321 requests for transfers based on gender identity since the law took effect, but the Corrections Department has granted only 46 of those requests, Portnoi wrote in a filing. Some of those who have had their requests approved have not been moved, he said.
The filing added that one of the transgender inmates was often called a “boy” by prison guards and another was placed in a cell with a man who was a known sexual assailant, who then assaulted the inmate.
The Corrections Department writes on its website that all inmate requests for transfers under SB132 are subject to an “in-depth review” by a committee of prison guards and health care staff led by a warden. The site says transfer may be denied due to “management or security concerns” but not for “discriminatory reasons.”
The department affirmed its commitment to “providing a safe, humane, respectful, and rehabilitative environment for all incarcerated persons,” including transgender inmates, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Women’s Liberation Front’s legal director Lauren Adams again pushed back against the law following the new filing this week.
“This law has already subjected incarcerated women to sexual assault, abuse and intimidation, in addition to the constant indignity of having to shower, undress and use the toilet in front of men,” Adams said. “The ACLU, Lambda Legal and the Transgender Law Center have the nerve to call women ‘bigots’ when they object.”
National Review adds the filing comes after a male inmate identifying as a woman was convicted last month of raping a female prisoner at the women’s facility at the Rikers Island complex in New York.
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