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Emily Bridson Wants to Defund the Police

Emily Bridson Wants to Defund the Police

September 8, 2021

Lansing, Mich., September 8, 2021 – Local activist Emily Bridson has voiced her support for defunding police and other fringe, anti-law enforcement ideologies. When anti-police rhetoric was at its height last summer, the left-wing radical from West Michigan fanned the flames by commending the leader of an organization which called for the GRPD to be defunded by $9 million.

Bridson is on the record supporting other groups with a focus on defunding the police. Last June, she lauded the Mayor of Grand Rapids on Facebook for committing to enact policies consistent with the mission of “8 Can’t Wait,” an initiative spearheaded by DeRay McKesson. McKesson is a vocal advocate for defunding the police in the interest of one day abolishing law enforcement altogether. By endorsing this radical plan, Bridson offers the residents of Kentwood a sneak peek into what her tenure would look like if she played a more prominent role in West Michigan government. 

McKesson is not the only radical ideologue in which Bridson draws inspiration from. In an Instagram post last May, she promoted a book written by Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi, a fervent supporter of the defund the police movement, stated the following in an Atlantic article while promoting the book:

“Deciding not to defund, disarm, and draw down the police is an extremist, wasteful, violent, and anti-American position.”

The vast majority of Kentwood residents view the policies and ideologies which Bridson pushes as dangerous. Due to anti-police rhetoric such as this, it has become more difficult than ever for police departments to hire and retain good officers needed to keep communities safe. Residents of West Michigan are looking for bold leaders who will stick up for law enforcement and ensure the safety of their communities. The rhetoric that Emily Bridson is helping to ferment is reckless, and it has not gone unnoticed by the people of Kentwood.

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