‘Squad members’ who want to defund the police spending huge budgets on their own security

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WASHINGTON, DC- Democrats are nothing if not hypocrites. That has been evident over the past 18 months as whenever there is an incident of a politician busting coronavirus regulations, 99% of the time it’s a Democrat.

They have also taken that level of hypocrisy over to defunding the police, where some of the biggest proponents of cutting police protection for their constituents are among the biggest spenders when it comes to their own security.

Leading the pack in the double-standards department are the far-left members of “the squad”…in particular Alexandria “Tax the Rich” Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and the newest and probably dumbest member of the squad, Cori Bush (D-MO).

These four are among the most vocal anti-cop loud mouths, but according to Federal Election Commission records, they are among the biggest spenders when it comes to protecting their own asses, The New York Post reports.

All of these legislators (of course) support the police reform bill, named after career criminal George Floyd as the “Justice in Policing Act.” The bill passed the House last summer but sits in the Senate currently awaiting action.

“Chrome dome” Pressley has also sponsored the BREATHE Act, claiming the Floyd act doesn’t do enough to screw over law enforcement officers. Under that legislation, it would totally eliminate federal law enforcement agencies, in particular the DEA, ICE and Customs and Border Enforcement.

Not happy with that, Pressley has also sponsored an act called the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act, which would make it easier for individuals to sue state and local officials, in particular police officers. Of course, Pressley made sure it doesn’t include her.

Pressley and Bush also are co-sponsors of the People’s Response Act, which would create a public-safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (more government employees) which would replace incarceration with feel-good social programs and (of course) money—”$7.5 billion in grants to community-based organizations as alternatives to policing.”

But obviously a reduction in public safety doesn’t include them…they make sure they’ve got plenty for themselves. While most of them rely on private security to protect them, while Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) has the intestinal fortitude to use local Yonkers police to provide protection for him.

The Post reported that FEC records showed Bush spent nearly $70,000 out of her campaign funds on personal security between April 15 and June 28, more than any of her fellow leftists on the squad and in fact more than any other House member. That number is about $20,000 higher than the median household income for residents in her congressional district, which includes St. Louis.

Bush, clearly one of the more illiterate members of the House often goes around calling attention to herself wearing Black Lives Matter garb or one that reads “Y’all Gone Stop Killing Us!” She believes that defunding the police would prevent deaths of people such as thug Michael Brown (who tried to disarm a police officer and was dispatched for doing so) and Breonna Taylor.

Bush seems to disregard what is happening in her own district, were St. Louis has seen 130 homicide victims thus far in 2021, all but ten of the victims were blacks. Not one was killed by a police officer.

Bush thinks herself a legend in her own mind and says that she “needs” security, because she’s a “black woman who puts her life on the line.” Ah yes, she’s a hero, right up there with our service members who were killed in Kabul a couple of weeks back, or the Houston police officer who paid with his life on Monday.

Bush claims she has been targeted by “white supremacists,” whom she said includes police officers who have made threats and “racist attempts” on her life. After all, she has “too much work to do” and “too many people need help right now.” C’mon man, she is the only one to do it, a virtual caped crusader in a BLM t-shirt!

In a CBS interview last month, Bush said people need to “suck it up” because “defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we’re trying to save lives.”

So far, Bush’s efforts to defund the police have claimed two victims—both on her security detail.

Two St. Louis City Sheriff’s deputies were fired after Sheriff Vernon Betts—who is black by the way lest she claim it was racist—warned the two they had not received approval for second jobs, nor did they have private security licenses.

Bush’s security payments seem a bit on the suspicious side.

The security payments accounted for about a third of her $200,000 second quarter campaign expenditures, with a majority of that amount–$54,120.92—going to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York security firm.

One local recipient—Nathaniel Davis—received three payments totaling $15,000, and ironically his address is the same as Bush’s campaign committee. Money laundering? You decide.

Meanwhile, AOC, when she isn’t attending $30,000 Met Gala’s in a several thousand-dollar gown that says, “Tax the Rich”, makes sure she protects herself as well.

Her $4,000 expenditure for security during the second quarter was a significant drop from the $45,000 she spent in the first quarter.

That money however didn’t remain in her district, which comprises part of the Bronx and Queens. Most of that first quarter spending—around $35,000—went to firms with Brooklyn addresses, with three payments of $3,000 each going to C’est Bon collective and two payments totaling $25,000 to Three Bridges LLC.

In addition, she spent $1,552.50 to a Houston firm to provide security when she visited the Texas city during hurricane relief efforts.

None of the businesses used by either Bush or Ocasio-Cortez had much online information available about their respective businesses.

One—Tullis Worldwide Protection, located in Virginia and which Ocasio-Cortez paid $4,000 in January claims its CEO, Deven Tullis had completed stints with Blackwater, a company whose employees were accused of committing war crimes in Iraq. Tullis said when questioned about his that he is “not hiring social workers—which of course the squad prefer.

Both Pressley and Omar have spent less than self-impressed Bush and AOC, but still far more than fellow House members. Pressley spent over $4,000 in the first quarter while trimming that back to $3,500 in the second.

Most of Pressley’s expenditures were local to Massachusetts however she did spend some money for a Virginia security company in January and a Washington, D.C. firm in March. Omar also reduced her own security slightly from first to second quarter, going from $3,000 to $2,800, all spent locally in St. Paul and a nearby city, Ramsey, Minnesota.

Perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the squad is the alpha-male Bowman. Newly elected to Congress in 2020, he jumped on the George Floyd Act bandwagon, and said that it was a floor—not a ceiling—in police reform.

Bowman has referred to police officers as agents of “white supremacy.” He represents portions of the Bronx and Westchester County where he uses the services of the Yonkers Police Department, the largest police agency in the county, to provide extra protection for his personal home he shares with his family.

The hypocrisy of Bowman is not lost on the president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, Keith Olson, who noted:

“Not long ago, the Congressman called for dramatically less policing in the most violent, crime-ridden neighborhoods…Asking these same police officers to protect your family while creating policies that make communities of color less safe is simply disgraceful.”

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For our original reporting on the hypocrisy of Bowman, we invite you to:

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

YONKERS, NY- Frauds. The Democrat Party is full of them. Actually, the political left is full of them.

From LeBron James hiring off-duty LAPD officers for a security detail at his home to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot being protected by a Chicago PD police detail, there are innumerable examples of liberal hypocrisy.

The latest comes to us from the only testosterone-laden (we think) member of the “squad,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY). Bowman is one of the loudest and most obnoxious voices in the “defund the police” chorus.

Of course, when Bowman says, “defund the police,” he doesn’t mean for him. Only you and me. And of course, those who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods. 

According to the New York Post, Bowman asked for—and received—a special detail to watch over his home in Yonkers, NY in the days immediately following the lamest “insurrection” in history, the one at the US Capitol on January 6.

According to Yonkers Police Detective Lt. Dean Politopoulos in a statement to the Post, he said:

“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,” the detective said.

“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.”

Typically, such a request would result in some type of a paid detail, however it is unknown if Bowman or his office paid for such a detail. Lt. Politopoulos said that the police department has not noted anything unusual in Bowman’s area over the past couple of years.

The incident on January 6th, hyped into a frenzied status by Democrats and their media sycophants, occurred as a couple of thousand mostly peaceful protesters descended upon the Capitol and the immediate area to protest last November’s election, which was (and still is) mired in controversy.

Leftists have claimed the incident put the country on the “brink” of having our “democracy overturned,” however as Joe Biden reminded us last week, the government has F15s and nuclear bombs.

So it is doubtful a couple thousand people led by a dude in a Viking hat were anywhere near overturning anything, except a couple of chairs and a desk.

Leftists have also called the incident a “deadly insurrection,” but the only one killed at the protest was an unarmed military veteran, Ashli Babbitt, killed by a still unnamed law enforcement official. Some have identified the shooter as a Capitol Police Department officer, but video of the shooting seems to indicate it was a plain-clothes officer who shot Babbitt.

Bowman, just like drama-queen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was nowhere near the Capitol when the incident occurred, having been at the Longworth House Office Building, located a third of a mile south of the main Capitol building.

None of those engaged in the protest made it to Longworth, which was actually where some members of Congress were evacuated to.

The Post was told that police were requested at Bowman’s house after he had allegedly “received threats.”

“US 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,” Bowman’s chief of staff, Sarah Iddrissu told the outlet.

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She refused to detail the threats other than to say there were “varying degrees of alarm.” She also refused to answer questions about Bowman’s duplicity in requesting extra police as he has called to defund the police and his general anti-cop positions.

Bowman, a self-avowed Democratic Socialist (there sure are a lot of those, aren’t there?) has tied himself to the crazy train called the “squad,” which is comprised of far-left neo-Marxist lunatics. Besides AOC, the group is also comprised off Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Cori Bush (D-MO).

Bowman, a freshman ousted a 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) in the Westchester-based district’s Democratic primary. Bowman’s elevation came just a couple months after George Floyds’ death from a combination of meth/fentanyl, heart problems and positional asphyxia.

Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in his death and was recently sentenced to 22 years in prison. Chauvin has vowed to appeal.

In a blog called The Appeal, Bowman last year addressed what he calls mass incarceration and alleged police brutality.

“As a black man in America, I know what it’s like to feel occupied in my own community. 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, feel terrorized.”

Bowman claimed he was allegedly “attacked” by police when he was 11 years old and had been handcuffed for minor traffic violations.  

Last December, Bowman called to defund the police, saying the system was “cruel and inhumane” and “can’t be reformed.”

Bowman also called for cutting the NYPD budget, using the leftist buzzword of “reimagining” public safety, while allocating resources to public health and job training.

A Fox News report last December, after his election continued the same theme.

“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 [which has been statistically debunked], and more likely to be incarcerated, and more likely to not afford bail.”

Bowman even became angry with Biden’s puppet master, Barack Obama who last year suggested Democrats’ use of the “defund the police” mantra wasn’t doing them any good.

“The problem is America’s comfort with black death—not discomfort with slogans,” Bowman said of Obama’s statement.

This is of course absurd, since Democrats, Bowman included, have been ignoring the genocide in cities such as Chicago where black on black crime continues to take scores of lives every month.

An overwhelming number of rank-and-file Americans are concerned with the crime taking place in America’s largest cities, run by Democrats, where more black lives are lost on a summer weekend than in a year at the hands of police.

Bowman has also gotten the leftist marching orders, referring to police as white supremacists, which is the new buzzword for Democrats in trying to attack and undermine those who supported former President Donald Trump.

Bowman’s hypocrisy didn’t go unnoticed by some in law enforcement.

“Congressman Bowman’s cry for extra policing at his home is hypocrisy at its worst,” said Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association in a statement to the Post. “Not long ago, the Congressman called for dramatically less policing in the most violent, crime-ridden neighborhoods…asking these same police officers to protect your family while creating policies that make communities of color less safe is simply disgraceful.”

It was also noted by some outside of law enforcement:

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Bowman of course isn’t the only “squad” member to say one thing and do another. Law Enforcement Today previously reported on the “squad” members spending nearly $80,000 on their personal security between January and March, citing a report in the Daily Caller. That report may be found below.

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WASHINGTON, DC- You’ve got to love leftist hypocrisy.

From Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter buying millions of dollars of real estate in primarily white neighborhoods to Nancy Pelosi having an eight-foot fence with concertina wire on top to “protect” the U.S. Capitol, their chutzpah knows no bounds.

Now we’re finding out that the members of the neo-Marxist “squad”, who have been calling for police to be defunded themselves pay tens of thousands of dollars on private security…for themselves.

The Daily Caller reports that Federal Election Commission records reviewed by them shows the level of hypocrisy shown by several of the squad members.

The reports the Daily Caller reviewed showed that Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Cori Bush (MO) all spent thousands of dollars out of campaign funds on their own security.

One such hypocrite, “affectionately” known as AOC last year sharply criticized a decision by New York City to cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion, complaining it did not go far enough.

“Defunding police means defunding police,” the former bartender said in a statement.

“It does not mean budget tricks of funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Educations’ budget, so the exact same police remain in schools.”

Ocasio-Cortez had claimed in a 2020 Instagram live that the entire country would look just like the peaceful suburbs if only we could get rid of police. That of course is absurd on its face.

“Affluent white communities live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing, etc. more than they fund the police,” she said at the time.

The absurdity of that statement clearly doesn’t take into account that crime rates are much lower in the suburbs, therefore the need for less police. Clearly her economics major didn’t include any classes in common sense.

Here is what the Daily Caller found about Ocasio-Cortez:

  • In January, February and March 2021, Ocasio-Cortez spent $3,000 a month on a security consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. Records show she spent $9,000 for three months of security consulting.
  • On Jan. 25, 2021, she spent $24,279.13 on “security.”
  • On Jan 19, 2021, she spent $3,986.60 on “security services.”
  • On Feb. 2, 2021, she spent $849.22 on “security services.”
  • On Feb. 25, 2021, she spent $1552.50 at 24&7 Security & Investigations, Inc., which her office claimed was for a “security detail in Houston.”

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And what of resident anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, who never seems to have a problem playing fast and loose with funds?

  • On Jan. 20, 2021, Omar spent $66.97 on “Security Services” (a bargain!)
  • On Jan. 29, 2021, Omar spent $202.70 on “Security Services”
  • On Feb. 19, 2021 she spent another $66.97 on “Security Services.”
  • On Feb. 26, 2021 Omar spent $2,700 on “Security Services.”
  • On March 16, 2021, Omar spent another $66.97 on “Security Services.”

In an appearance on CNN in June of last year, Omar was asked about defunding the police, to which she claimed the system cannot be reformed.

“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” Omar said. “No one is saying crimes will not be investigated.”

She continued, “What we are saying is the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore, and we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place.”

Pressley, who might want to invest some of her security money in a wig and someone who is another anti-police zealot spent $4,186.75 on “Security Services” according to her April quarterly 2021 filing:

  • On Jan. 26, 2021, Pressley spent $1,292.00 while home in Massachusetts.
  • On Jan. 27, 2021, Pressley spent $1,167.50 for security in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • On March 4, 2021, Pressley spent $675.25 on ADT security, based in Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Five days later, on March 9, 2021, she spent $252.00 again in Massachusetts.
  • On March 19, 2021, Pressley spent $700.00 for a Washington, D.C.-based security company, LGC Security LLC.

Pressley, in an interview with TIME last June said she is a supporter of defunding police departments, claiming it is “about the investment in our communities which have historically been divested from.”

Then there is freshman Cori Bush of St. Louis, who strongly advocates defunding police. She spent over $30,000 for her own security according to her April Quarterly 2021 financial report:

  • On Jan. 18, 2021, Bush spent $1,060.00 on security provided from Whole Armor Executive Protection in Bowie, Maryland.
  • On Jan. 21, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis, Jr. in her home state of Missouri.
  • On Jan. 25, 2021 Bush spent $530.00 on security again from Davis, this time in Palo Alto, California.
  • On Feb. 17, 2021, Bush spent $7743.75 on security from RS&T Security Counseling LLC in New York City.
  • On Feb. 25, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Sandler, Reiff, Lamb, Rosenstein & Birk in Washington, D.C.
  • On Feb. 26, 2021, Bush spent $5,812.00 on security again from RS&T Security Counseling, LLC in New York City.
  • On March 15, 2021, she spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis in her hometown of St. Louis.
  • Again on March 15, 2020, Bush spent $2,456.25 on security from RS&T Security Consulting , LLC. In New York City.

In December 2020, Bush sent out a tweet criticizing former President Barack Obama for his refusal to call for defunding of police.

“With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police,” she said in a tweet.

Yes, she actually mentioned Michael Brown.

The Daily Caller said they reached out to all four “squad” members about the large expenditures for security, none of whom responded.

The outlet also reached out to a number of the security companies listed, however they could only confirm they provided armed security, but were unable to comment on the nature of services provided to the four neo-Marxist congresswomen.

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