League City increasing police budget

League City police Officer Vanessa Martinez talks with a motorist after a minor traffic accident as her partner, Officer Jason Jones, watches Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. League City is planning to increase funding to its police department.

On Tuesday, we reported that League City has plans to increase funding to its police department despite calls to defund the police around the country.

Of course, we need to clarify the phrase “defund the police.” What the unfortunately worded and highly politicized term means can differ from person to person.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227; Margaret.Gardner@galvnews.com

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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(4) comments

Mark Stevens

Great article !! Great moves by the LC Chief of Police. And even great endorsement from Ms. Salazar. This item should receive much more--even national--circulation.

Body Cams are great. They are like the proverbial little Angel sitting on the should er of the officer, silently reminding him or her that the Angel is watching from above, etc.

Body cams should also have the same effect on those whom encounter the police. As the expression goes, Smile, You're on Non-Candid Camera. Smile---and cooperate with the officer.

A famed Houston Lawyer, the late Percy Foreman, once decried the "he said, she said" nature of trials, saying in his words that Texas Courtrooms were "Palaces of Perjury." The perjury may not stop, but with body cams in regular use it will be much less effective.

Mark W. Stevens

Jose' Boix

Agree with Mr. Stevens regarding the Editorial to be great. However, I am somewhat baffled that with such a rich language that English is, there is a need to make such clarification as: "Of course, we need to clarify the phrase 'defund the police.' What the unfortunately worded and highly politicized term means can differ from person to person."

Is this another example of "political correctness (PC)"? I am getting to understand what the idiom "walk on eggs mean." Just my thoughts.

Bailey Jones

The problem isn't English, Jose, nor is it "political correctness", it's propagandists - those who re-define language in an effort to influence public opinion. Those who are against any sort of police reform will interpret "defund the police" to mean "abolish the police" so that the public will reject the idea of reform as a radical absurdity.

Those who use the term in its actual sense may equate it to the reform that occurred in Camden, NJ - where a very corrupt department was disbanded entirely, and a new, better, department built on its ashes - and that's what is generally meant in cities with systemic police corruption - like Minneapolis. In the rest of nation, it simply means the reallocating of resources to re-purpose the man hours spent on non-criminal police calls - like homeless calls, mental illness calls, etc., to pay for social workers who are skilled in dealing with these communities, so the police are left free to investigate and prosecute crimes. In a well off city like League City, there might be additional money available to hire these social workers. In a cash strapped city, it might be necessary to fire a policeman for every new social worker hired, reallocating man-hours according to the actual needs,

Jose' Boix

Which somehow reminds me of this quote: “Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you. Remember that, Sansa, when you come to play the game.” “What . . . what game?” “The only game. The game of thrones.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

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