June 17, 2020

Arguing That Defunding Police Would Lead to Opposite of Advocates’ Goals

To the Editor:

Per the Town Topics report of the June 8 meeting of the Princeton Council [“Policing Issues Take Precedence at Council Meeting,” page 1, June 10], Councilman Dwaine Williamson was absolutely right and need not have apologized for his words or his justified emotions.

The irrational call for defunding our respected police force demands prompt and forceful response.  Addressing issues of policing with the absurdity of diminishing or even disbanding the very segment of our government that stands between lawful citizens and chaos cannot go unanswered. We have already seen the previews of what happens with inadequate police presence in cities across the country.

Defunding the police would lead to the opposite of the stated goals of its most vocal advocates and is counterintuitive. Unless Shakespeare knows what he was talking about in writing “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”

Princeton is a modern, progressive, and supposedly intelligent community.  The legitimacy of emails urging defunding of our police force should be suspect since the results of that can only serve the enemies of democracy.

Marc and Alta Malberg
Autumn Hill Road