California State University, Los Angeles professor Nana Gyamfi, who has worked as an attorney for Black Lives Matter protesters, said in an interview this weekend that she is “not concerned about blue lives” and wants the police to be dismantled and abolished.
Gyamfi, who described herself as “someone who has worked with the Black Lives Matter and represented folks with Black Lives Matter” in an interview with California radio station KPPC, said her ultimate goal is a world without police officers.
“I see the police as part of the state and part of state sanctioned violence against our people, and so for me, I’m not concerned about blue lives, I’m concerned about black lives,” Gyamfi said, noting that she wasn’t speaking on behalf of the organization.
“In fact, I want the police to be abolished. I think we should be pushing the police out of our community. I think that we should be defunding the police. I think that we should be demilitarizing the police and finally dismantling the police,” she continued.
When asked how America would keep order in a society without police, Gyamfi said: “Well, I suggest we keep order by doing what we did before we had the influx of crack cocaine and other ills that caused us to call the police in. There was a time when black people didn’t call police into the community… We had our own means in the community.”
Gyamfi, who participated in an event at Otis College last year where her occupation was listed as “Lawyer-Black Lives Matter,” isn’t the first activist to call for the defunding of police.
One organizer of a protest in Chicago last year said in an appearance on MSNBC that “One of our major demands is that police be defunded and that that money used to fund police be used to fund black futures, and be used to fund our communities and things that we need.”
The Black Youth Project, an activist group that “organizes for the liberation of ALL Black people,” has demanded the defunding of all police departments. “We demand all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures,” the group’s website states.
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