Zack Beauchamp, senior correspondent for left-wing “explainer” website, apologized Thursday for criticizing calls by Democrats and Black Lives Matter activists to “abolish the police.”

Calls to “abolish” or “defund” the police have appeared at nationwide protests against the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week.

Originally, Beauchamp tweeted:

Immediately, the left pushed back.

Beauchamp attempted to defend his position:

Then he began to retreat, calling the idea of “shrink[ing]” the police “much more defensible” than abolishing them:

Eventually, he expressed annoyance:

Finally, he capitulated and apologized.

The idea of defunding the police has already been accepted by mainstream Democrats.

On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — a “moderate” who was a relatively early supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden — announced plans to cut the L.A. Police Department budget by up to $150 million.

The money would be used, he said, to “reinvest” in “communities of color.”

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