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What Does Defunding the Police Mean?

At protests across the nation, “defund the police” is a popular phrase being utilized on signs or in chants. Here’s a breakdown of what defunding would entail, and why people are for or against it. Defunding the police is an alternative to the many unsuccessful attempts to implement police reform. It proposes that a portion of police budgets should be reallocated to other social and economic services such as health care and education. In most states, police budgets far exceed the budgets of other local and state departments that are more in need of funding. Some critics say drawbacks include a potential increase in private police forces and loss of jobs for officers and staff

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