Home / News & Politics / What “defund the police” really means
NULL What "defund the police" really means thumbnail

What “defund the police” really means

It’s not as radical as it sounds.

Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab
Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO

Among those protesting police brutality in the US, there is a slogan that’s taken hold: “defund the police.” The key idea is a push to move the billions of dollars we spend on police in the US, to social services and other public spending. The disparities between policing budgets and those of other city agencies are massive. And while defunding the police might sound radical, it’s a policy activists have been talking about for decades. For some, it can mean reforms that simply lessen the police role in society, while for others — the slogan is a call to abolish the system and create something new entirely.

These ideas have all converged into the popular “defund the police” slogan, and the renewed energy around the movement is working.

For further reading:

https://www.vox.com/21291901/nypd-billion-de-blasio-defund-police-reform

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/23/21299118/defunding-the-police-minneapolis-budget-george-floyd

https://populardemocracy.org/news/publications/freedom-thrive-reimagining-safety-security-our-communities 

https://www.urban.org/policy-centers/cross-center-initiatives/state-and-local-finance-initiative/state-and-local-backgrounders/police-and-corrections-expenditures

Sources:

NYC budget: 
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/omb/downloads/pdf/erc4-20.pdf

Chicago budget:
https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/2020Budget/2020BUDGETORDINANCE.pdf

On arrest numbers in the US:
https://www.vera.org/publications/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds-landing/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds/overview

ACLU report on police in schools: 
https://www.aclu.org/issues/juvenile-justice/school-prison-pipeline/cops-and-no-counselors

Body camera research: https://bwc.thelab.dc.gov/TheLabDC_MPD_BWC_Working_Paper_10.20.17.pdf

Memphis data: 
https://crime-data-explorer.fr.cloud.gov/explorer/agency/TNMPD0000/pe

Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.

Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE
Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H

About funane.com

Check Also

NULL Trump Accidentally Concedes! thumbnail

Trump Accidentally Concedes!

Cenk Uygur checks in live to discuss Trump accidentally admitting he lost to Joe Biden. …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.