Yonkers, NY – Freshman U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-New York), who strongly supported defunding the police during his election and after, asked for and got a special police detail to guard his Yonkers home after the Capitol riot.
Bowman, one of the newest members of the Democratic Socialist “Squad” in Congress, made defunding the police one of the biggest planks of his 2020 campaign platform, the New York Post reported.
“As a black man in America, I know what it’s like to feel occupied in my own community,” the candidate told The Appeal in July of 2020. “Policing is the gateway to the corrupt system of mass incarceration, which has left many people in communities of color, especially working class communities of color, feeling terrorized.”
He used the same logic for defunding the police in December of 2020 after he was elected, FOX News reported.
“Historically, when our communities have needed jobs, they didn’t bring us jobs, they brought us police and they created a system of mass incarceration,” Bowman said. “And we live in a country where if you’re black or brown, you’re more likely to be killed by police, and more likely to be incarcerated, and more likely to not afford bail.”
Bowman claimed, amidst a spike in violent crime in New York, that 95 percent of police work dealt with violent crimes and the rest “can be handled by other agencies, mental health institutions, domestic violence professionals, etc…” FOX News reported.
But it turned out that the freshman congressman who has claimed police departments are full of white supremacists only wanted to reduce the number of officers on hand for other people, not himself, the New York Post reported.
In fact, Bowman requested – and was granted – a police detail to protect his home in the wake of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
“About a week after the Jan. 6th incident at the Capitol, we received a request from the Congressman’s office for increased police presence at his residence,” Yonkers Police Detective Lieutenant Dean Politopoulos told the New York Post.
“In response, our Intelligence Unit was notified of the request and the local precinct instituted what is called a directed patrol at the congressman’s home for the next two weeks,” Lt. Politopoulos said.
The detective said there hasn’t been any unusual activity in Bowman’s area for a few years, the New York Post reported.
Bowman wasn’t in the Capitol building during the riot. He was hiding a third of a mile away in his office in the Longworth House Office Building.
His chief of staff, Sarah Iddrissu, told the New York Post that they’d only asked for police protection after the congressman “received threats.”
“U.S. Capitol Police advised us to reach out to local authorities to request heightened patrolling of his residence until the situation was mitigated. We followed their advice,” Iddrissu said.
She refused to elaborate on the nature of the threats but said they caused “varying degrees of alarm,” the New York Post reported.
Bowman’s Democratic primary victory happened just two months after George Floyd died as he was being arrested by the Minneapolis police, and he capitalized on that while he campaigned.
“Yes, I support the defunding of the police,” he tweeted on June 10, 2020. If we reinvest in jobs there won’t be a need for as large of a police force as we have and there won’t be a need for the militarization of the police. The whole country is rising up because we’re tired of waiting.”
We need to impeach Trump immediately.
Then we need to urgently and explicitly address white supremacy and its presence in our police forces. pic.twitter.com/Bct5rUXlKi
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) January 9, 2021
Social media users didn’t hesitate to call Bowman out on his hypocrisy after the New York Post broke the story about his special security request.
You requested special police protection for your own home while pushing "defund the police" which is getting hundreds of black people killed. When you call for "reparations" you're just calling for a payout to yourself like that BLM woman who bought a mansion in Whiteyville.
— IAmTheBickerMan (@TMule1961) June 26, 2021
But Bowman isn’t the only member of the “Squad” who has bolstered his personal security on the taxpayer’s dime while calling to dismantle the police.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri), Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) spent a combined total of $79,559.81 on security services from January through March, the Daily Caller reported.