The “geniuses” calling for defunding the police should be careful what they wish for.
If they get their way each individual in our country would be their own last resort in all regards and would rely on their own interpretation of what is illegal and what an appropriate response would be.
The vast majority of people in our country have not been trained in the legal use of force, and at the same time will not be bound by the case law, department policies, and community expectations that police officers are. (Have you signed up for your de-escalation class yet?)
Criminals will be emboldened. The sick, elderly, those living alone, and those without firearms will be easy targets.
Incidents of theft, road rage, even property line disputes between neighbors will have fatal outcomes. It will result in an incredible spiral of self-help law enforcement, revenge, and retribution.
Policing is not perfect; we will never be able to remove the human element from interpersonal interactions.
According to FBI statistics police killed 410 people in 2018, and there were an additional 353 *legally* justified homicides by private citizens.
Compare that to the 16,214 (non-police-involved or otherwise justified) murders in the U.S. that year.
The police (with rare, isolated exceptions) are not the problem; humans are the problem.
To anyone who cares about black lives, or any lives: disbanding police departments will only make deaths exponentially worse.
But at the end of the day, perhaps that is what these people really want: more violence and death.