WASHINGTON– Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday calls by Democrats to defend police departments are “totally nuts.”
While acknowledging police officers need better training, Giuliani said defunding law enforcement would only lead to disaster.
“They don’t want us to have police?” Giuliani, who also serves as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney asked during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “Each one of them said some silly things about terrorism, right? Have we forgotten September 11? Have we forgotten the Boston Marathon? Have we forgotten all of the attempts to attack us in New York that the New York City Police Department and the FBI stopped?”
The answer, he said “is to increase the number of police in this country.”
However, Giuliani said he would be “a fool” to deny there are “bad apples” in law enforcement.
“I put 70 bad apples in jail when I was a mayor,” said Giuliani. “I know it a lot better than these jerks who are talking about ridiculous solutions. I know how to catch them. I know how to put them in jail.”
“They need better-trained police (with) intensive training in courtesy, professionalism, and respect,” Giuliani said. “I’m calling for actually a very intense course. You review that every three years … you put it in their evaluation.”
Giuliani then pointed out that Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in the death of George Floyd, had nearly 20 documented infractions, something that Giuliani said was beyond the pale.
“That is a very poorly run police department,” said Giuliani, pointing out there were no supervisors on the scene. “That should never have been allowed to happen.”