Supreme Court vacancy: progressives push NAACP lawyer who backed 'defund police' movement

Since the news broke Wednesday morning that Breyer is retiring, progressive Democrats have been calling on President Biden to make good on his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.


“.@POTUS you promised us a Black woman on the Supreme Court,” 代表. 贾马尔·鲍曼, D-N.Y。, 发推文, using the handle for President Biden’s account. “Let’s see it happen.

According to some reports, Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is among the names being circulated as a potential nominee.

While there are many qualified contenders to fill the vacancy of this seat on the court, the candidacy of Ketanji Brown Jackson, [object Window], Ĵ. Michelle Childs, Wilhelmina ‘Mimi’ Wright, Eunice Lee, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi and Sherrilyn Ifill should all be weighed and considered,” 发推文Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, 德州.

As the George Floyd protests were sweeping the country in the summer of 2020, Ifill advocated for defunding the police during an appearance on “斯蒂芬·科尔伯特(Stephen Colbert)的晚秀。”

It’s been interesting to see how this phrase ‘defund the police’ makes people very anxious and very nervous,” Ifill said at the time. “This is our opportunity to do something that’s long overdue, which is to fundamentally re-imagine what public safety looks like in this country.

What we have done is we have turned over armed law enforcement officers the right to enter our communities to solve a set of community conflicts that actually don’t require an armed officer,” 她继续. “Rather than turn the entire public safety regime over to armed law-enforcement officers, we need to look at that funding, reduce that funding, and use it to support these other services.

I think the anxiety is about the phrase and actually not anxiety about the concept. We should be looking at budgets,” 她补充说. “We should recognize that this over-reliance on police has given us a regime that we can see is not working.

Ifill has also tweeted about the issue.

Drastically reducing police funding shld not only result in those funds going to other existing social svc agencies (b/c some may also be dysfunctional),” she wrote on June 7, 2020. “This is a chance to re-imagine public safety w/support for new community-based measures that can be transformative.

The phrase “退还警察” not only became a rallying cry after Floyd’s death that summer but served as a litmus test separating moderates from the progressive left. The latter wing, including Rep. 亚历山大·奥卡西奥·科尔特斯, D-N.Y。, was adamant that the phrase shouldn’t be regarded as merely rhetorical. 代表. 伊尔汗·奥马尔(Ilhan Omar), D-Minn。, called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be “完全地” dismantled because it isrotten to the root.

In many cases, city officials put “退还警察” into practice by voting to cut funding to its respective police departments, but many of them have at least partially reversed course after seeing a significant nationwide rise in violent crime.

According to the FBI, 美国. experienced a nearly 30% jump in homicides in 2020 compared with the previous year.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, 路易斯·卡西亚诺, Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.