Should Localities Defund the Police?

After a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd in May 2020, numerous calls for reforms within our criminal justice system have been brought to public discourse. One measure that has gained traction in some localities involves defunding the police. As Americans prepare to head to the polls in November, this will be an issue on many of their minds.

Those who support localities defunding the police argue that the American criminal justice system is systemically racist against African Americans. This side contends that money should be diverted from the police and go towards social programs that will benefit communities like education, food, and health initiatives. This side may also argue that the police are expected to do too much in society and that expanding other programs will help reduce the burden on officers.

Those who oppose localities defunding the police argue that defunding the police will threaten law and order in communities. This side contends that the police are generally a force for good, and that weakening departmental budgets will especially hurt poor minorities living in crime-ridden areas. This side may also argue that there is not a systemic problem with the police, but rather there are bad individuals within law enforcement.

So, what do you think? Should localities defund the police? Students can answer Yes, they should; No, they should not; or a nuanced answer in-between.

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Current Standings:
Yes: 38%
No: 62%
  • Isaac from California

    Reading through many of the “No” has left me with the impression that many who disagree fear that the defunding of the police would mean an influx of crime. However, defunding the police does not mean simply draining money from the police force, but rather redistributing that wealth towards things such as public housing, mental health support, etc. To understand why people are calling for the defunding of the police, you have to realize that police forces across the nation are extremely well-funded, however, the allocation of those funds are ones to be questionable. A bulk of that budget, for many police districts, is spent towards the greater militarization of the police force. You’ve seen the pictures. Cops with military-grade weapons, riot shields, even an LRAD all to combat protestors with nothing. Furthermore, cops spend up to 110 hours of their training learning combat and weapons, compared to a measly 8 hours on conflict management and mediation. Combined with the racist origins of policing, police districts end up tending to maintain safety through violence. By defunding the police, we can allocate the ridiculous amount of funding police get to other areas. These areas, like public housing, mental health care, and other non-policing forms of public safety. This comes from the idea that most crimes are committed by people who are in need. Whether it’d be that they need to pay healthcare bills, feed their families, or need proper mental health care, the funding of these respective areas needed would help prevent crime by making crime un-necessary in the first place. Ultimately, it is impossible to maintain community safety through a militarized force that has exhibited violent and racist behaviors. Defund the police.

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  • Braden from Kentucky

    One bad apple can spoil a tree, but what if the tree is already rotten? The police force in the United States has been historically oppressive towards minorities, and defunding them would decrease civil unrest seen in society. Is the police system broken? No, as political organization mp150 stated, “the police were established to protect the interests of the wealthy and racialized violence has always been part of the mission.” The police have been racially biased since their inception, and no amount of reform or racial sensitivity training will solve that. Millions of African Americans are put in prison or even killed by police every day. The American Public Health Association stated “almost 10 percent of all homicides in the US are committed by police. Even if some may be ‘lawful,’ it’s not ok that we kill 1,000-1,200 people a year by police.” Many cases the police investigate are nonviolent, but in some cases, the presence of the police will escalate the situation leading to unnecessary casualties. We all watched as George Floyd was horrifically murdered by the Minneapolis police after being pulled over for using a counterfeit bill. As he struggled to breathe, he desperately told the officer kneeling on his neck “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” We as a society need a new institution that is capable of handling situations, violent or nonviolent, in a calm, unbiased manner.

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    • Elisha from North Carolina

      No not true, it’s easy to judge every police officer and say that they are all bad but no one wants to take responsibility for there own actions. We live in a time where its everybody else’s fault but never the person that caused the issues we are always making excuses. Are there bad police officers sure,but we cant punish ever officer for the faults of those bad apples your talking about. Lets be clear nobody wants to put there lives on the line for a stranger let alone do it for a living we are all selfish by nature and we put ourselves first before anyone else and the thought of dying scares everyone try doing that for aliving and then you could understand why they do it. Does there need to be some changes yes but you can argue that about the whole world right now. Ask your self this question if you were caught in the middle of losing your life to a criminal would want someone who is trained and willing to give up there lives for you or someone who has no clue how to handle that type of situation and just really didn’t give a crap about you or you situation because they wanna get home to there loved ones. Who do you think there gonna chose them or you.

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      No not true, it’s easy to judge every police officer and say that they are all bad but no one wants to take responsibility for there own actions. We l…

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  • Esther from Georgia

    When most people hear defunding the police they think taking away money which will lead to less police, which in reality it´s the complete opposite. Defunding the police means taking away some money from the police department and funding other departments that would be more trained to handle certain situations like mental health crises and simple civil disputes. Another thing I hear people say is that defunding police is the first step to abolishing police. This statement is false because we could never truly do that because there are some problems that can be only handled by police. Frankly, I think people who think the police shouldn’t be defunded are just uneducated on what this statement really means, who wouldn’t be confused with all this false news going around about defunding police. We also have to take into account how small issues have resulted in people getting hurt and falsely imprisoned for small things just because police were not trained enough to handle these situations.

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  • Kristian from North Carolina

    While we do need law enforcement, many police do not do what is expected of them in a time of need so they should have funding cuts, but not a full stop to funding.

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  • g from North Carolina

    Although the thought that defunding the police will lead to higher crime rates is scary, there needs to be change that will make a difference. The system needs to be reformed and changed and this will step towards it.

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  • Aleyla from Tennessee

    While I do believe many police are systematically racist towards Black people, I do not believe that they should be defunded. Instead of defunding them, I think the government needs to put more money into training cops and future cops on different ways to handle people. I think if we defund the police, the world will slowly go up into flames. What are we supposed to do if someone breaks into our house? Or if we get into an accident? I think we need police, but I also think police need to be more mindful of how they’re treating people.

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  • AinkaAmara from New York

    Defunding the police will give them a reason to care. If defunds don’t come in there’s no money being given to the police supports. With that being said, by the police getting defunds for no reason and for not doing their job it makes them superior.

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  • Athena from Tennessee

    I think defunding the police is a good thing. I think we could do with reallocating that money elsewhere and not investing the $100 Billion+ annually on police that we currently do. I really love the idea of not having the police and having trained professionals/ people more trained for specific situations instead. So more sub-categories of specifically trained people. Police have so much responsibility as of now and so little training so obviously there are going to be mistakes. Police need to serve 672 hours before they become a full on cop, which sounds like a lot of hours but when compared to things like becoming a barber (1,500 hours) its not near as shocking. Obviously these should be flipped, the police have such a wider variety of what they do and they also can run into very tense situations that they aren’t prepared for. I try to understand both sides of everything, I understand its extremely difficult being a police officer, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t defund, reform, or abolish them. I feel defund and deform would work best, they don’t need all that money and breaking it down into smaller groups of people more trained for specific scenarios would work better then what we have now.

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  • Amar from Georgia

    i think that with everything that’s been happening here in the US, I think it’s necessary that we defund the police

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  • Jamie from New Jersey

    The United States Police Force started to catch slaves, which immediately shows how the racism was ingrained since the start. The police system is corrupt and has always been. The reason neighborhoods which have a high POC population seem to have high rates of crime is because there is constantly police officers there arresting people for things white people do on the daily. Black men have been arrested and killed while in white neighborhoods because they look “suspicious.” Police budgets are huge and they have access to weapons without the amount of training they would truly need. If we remember the fourth amendment about search and seizure. Probable cause is not just someone walking their dog or driving their car.

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  • Amethyst from Tennessee

    While I do not think that completely abolishing the police is helpful, I do think we should defund the police. For centuries, people of power have been oppressing black people, and still, hundreds of years later, our police forces are continuing to murder them. According to the CNN article “Defunding the Police: What it Means”, most black Americans and other persons of color do not feel protected by police, and most often feel threatened. This is most likely due to the fact that police have killed 164 black people alone in just this year (they have killed 781 people total in 2020). There have only been 12 days so far in 2020 where police have not killed somebody. Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people, and 1.3x more likely to be unarmed compared to white people, according to mappingpoliceviolence.org. Most people counter this argument with a phrase like “If people did not evade arrest, police wouldn’t have to kill them”. Police aren’t supposed to kill guilty people either. By defunding the police, this would help fix the issue of police brutality. In 2017, the United States collectively spent $100 billion on policing (and $80 billion on incarceration). BY cutting that number in half, or even a quarter, we would have billions of dollars to spend on education, poor neighborhoods with high crime rates, and training for police officers. Right now, a high school diploma is the minimum education requirement. An associate or bachelor’s degree is rarely mandatory. Additionally, the average training for police officers is only 13 to 19 weeks. As people who are supposed to protect citizens from harm, how are they supposed to know how to with only 13 to 19 weeks of training? Defunding the police will allow police offers to require more training, making the chances of being killed by a police officer smaller because they will know how to better handle that situation. It will also leave more money to help education, hunger, poverty, and anything essential a person might need. As a human being, I can not stand by and watch as fellow humans are being murdered simply because they loom “threatening” due to the color of their skin. The time for change is now.

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  • Lei-Lani from Georgia

    Yes not all of them are bad that is true but they shouldn’t get immunity from charges because they got through an 8 week certification. With how many people have been killed because of are broken system you would think people could see the problem. But since it doesn’t affect some of them some of them don’t care. Yes there are officers who are amazing at their job and help with crimes and things. But they’re is too many of them who don’t even ask questions and beak federal rules then they try to distract everyone from the police that killed them with lawsuits and other things. But it doesn’t change what happened or why it happened and some of the people who don’t want to defund the police say things like well if they weren’t doing this they wouldn’t have died but what about Breonna Taylor who was just sleeping and then they broke in the house with excessive force without a warrant. And with George Floyd he said he couldn’t breath and in there regulations that should have at most been only an arrest and they used that excessive force because of an alleged fake dollar bill. Some of the people who have gotten killed actually the police to help and the police killed them. So really what are we paying them for.

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  • Ethan from Wisconsin

    We should be more focused on educating people instead of incarcerating them, the reason that police are assaulting people of color is because they were taught that by their role models, if those cops, and other people that do these things were educated about these groups of people, and if they ran into people with mental illness, or disabilities, then they would know what to do in those situations without physical violence, if we redirected some of the funding for the police and put it into schools, then everybody would be educated and everybody as a whole would be educated, and that would reduce racism, and byasses about people with mental illness’s and disabilities

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  • Michael from Oklahoma

    Defunding the police won’t solve anything when the system was founded upon disenfranchisement of the poor and racial minorities. We live in the time where it’s now “illegal” to practice our constitutional rights to peaceful protest, because when we do we get blasted with teargas and flashbangs. The police protect and escort Neo-Nazis that go to Portland to shoot paintballs, spray bystanders with bear mace, and don’t intervene when these fascists brutally assault young adults on the street. In my opinion, after seeing some truly horrific things police and federal officers have done to protesters and their families, the police should most definitely be held to the same degree that we’d hold a citizen who’s committed a crime. Next time you see a police officer harming someone who is very visibly not resisting, painfully pinning someone to the ground in a life-threatening way, or detaining someone on the street without just cause, it is our duty as citizens to stop them by whatever means necessary. Show them how powerless they are when their biggest fear is realized; the People rising up, ignoring their demands to pull over or get on the ground. We need to abolish the very concept that of mass policing, and create a civilian oversight force with the same rights to arrest, shoot, taze, spray, and ticket all officers operating within the forces jurisdiction.

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  • Genevieve from Texas

    Defunding the police does not mean that we don’t want fewer police officers. Defunding and giving that money to schools with area codes that are generally in lesser places would be much better than spending it on a system that is potentially breached in the sense of an officer not making the right choice because they are racist or think less of others unlike them. If the police force is going to have this much then there should be more training and tests done for the incoming officers. For example how to handle people with disabilities such as down syndrome and such or any mental type of issue and having tests done to make sure there is no racial profiling. From personal experience, my dad and my grandfather were both police officers and coming from the size of their paychecks being that my step-mother who has a PhD and is working multiple teaching and doing lab work and my mother who has her MBA and works at my school both make less then what those two made. If the money that is taken is given towards those schools then teachers get paid more and the school itself can be in better shape. Or that money can go to schools or programs that can help with making sure people have food and other necessities that they might not have at home.

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  • Dylan from California

    I don’t know much about this topic, but I do believe that the police are systemically racist towards POC.

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  • Tiffany from California

    Yes, I believe localities should defund the police. When I first heard of the idea, I was quite hesitant about it, but the more I learned of the premise behind defunding the police, I found that the idea isn’t as radical as it seems. Defunding the police simply means allocating funds to previous programs that have been underfunded and works to reduce the stress of the many roles that police officers have to play. For example, not only do police officers have to play the traditional known roles such as investigating crime and maintaining order but they also have to act as therapists, health officials, and care for the homeless. However, the police have the wrong tools and are overburdened with roles to play. For example, the police shouldn’t be the first responders for those suffering from mental illness. This isn’t and shouldn’t be a job for a police officer, as it is a job for a social worker or a psychiatrist. Regarding homelessness, the police are exacerbating this as they are at the helm of criminalizing the very issue. In fact, it shouldn’t be the police’s job to deal with homelessness, as it ought to be the mayors and governors who provide the proper allocation of funds to aid in housing shelter. Defunding the police, at its core, takes into account this and allocates the massive police budget to professions and roles more suitable for handling specific tasks. It prioritizes infrastructure in a time where infrastructure in many underserved communities are gutted for an over-bloated police force.

    Moreover, historically police are the enforcers of racial and class inequities and the sad truth is policing continues to be doing what it has been designed to do and that is to enforce a system that produces injustice. From the origin of the American police force as the “Night Watch” in Massachusetts which evolved in the South to be a force which kept law and ‘order’ by capturing run-away slaves. Policing in America has been steeped with racism and discrimination and can be seen most blatantly today in the mass incarceration of minorities, especially Black people. In fact, it is still legal to enforce slavery in prisons as noted in the loophole in the 13th Amendment, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” It is no surprise that this clause has been abused, and it is represented by the sheer statistic that America’s prison population is mostly populated by the most disenfranchised people.

    Additionally, we have seen time and time again that police are not sent out to do the things that they have been given the role to do. We ask them to solve homelessness but the solution used is to criminalize it and get homeless people off the streets. We ask them to solve the mental health crises, but that means those who are having mental health breakdowns are killed. The senseless killings of innocent people such as Geroge Floyd and Breonna Taylor to the brutal shooting of Jacob Blake shows that the inherent foundation of policing is wrong and built on injustice. They are people: husband, girlfriend, friend, sister, brother, yet basic decency and humanity was robbed from them. America shouldn’t rely on a violent and cruel system to reduce violence and cruelty. The protests against police brutality where police use brutality to handle protests is the irony which furthers the need for real change.
    Some may argue that defunding the police will threaten law and order in communities, and that is a valid concern, however there is evidence that law and order can be maintained with minimal police intervention. For example, Alex Vitale, who is part of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, makes the concise point that, “well-funded and well-run community-based anti violence initiatives, [and] credible messenger programs can reduce violence without driving young people into mass incarceration or labeling them “gang bangers” or “super predators”.” The flawed police system shouldn’t be the only option for crime prevention. There are many ideas for alternative community-based programs to prevent and resolve conflict, and supporting such programs may pave the way for a better force for law and order.

    The idea of defunding the police is to reduce the burden of policing today while working to build something better for the future, and that is a realistic ideal that should be sought for cooperatively in America.

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  • Andy from New Jersey

    We should not be scared when we are approached by police officers. In the United Kingdom, police officers are affectionately called “Bobbies” by the citizens they protect. On the other hand, the American police system has been the center of controversy and civil unrest. The 2020 case with George Floyd was not any more different than the 2013 case with Michael Brown, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Should we defund the police?

    Such a difficult and controversial issue simply cannot be addressed with a simple choice of yes or no. Anyone who says otherwise is not being straight with you, or thinks too much in simple terms. The English monk and poet John Lydgate once remarked that “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” This especially rings true in our current events of crisis today. Defund the police? Don’t defund? Yes. No. I don’t know?!?! It is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, as with all debates, only one side of an argument can be formally taken: yes, defund the police, but certainly with restrictions.

    Those who oppose defunding the police claim that the absence or reduction in police forces would be devastating to the safety of average Americans in crime-ridden neighborhoods. However, defunding the police should not necessarily mean cutting the budget of a municipality or city police department. “Defunding the police” simply means diverting funds from one area of the department to another area of the same department. It should not entail the loss of jobs or reduction in the number of officers patrolling city streets per hour. According to CNN and the ACLU, which both stress the importance of police officers as essential to the functioning of society, a process of “divesting and reinvesting” would prove beneficial to maintaining “law and order” while providing critical additions to 21st century policing skills such as retraining officers through “excessive force preventative measures” courses and classes that emphasize the importance of body cameras to ensure officers are transparent with their new technology. Nowhere in the definition of “defunding the police” does it suggest the next wave of crime sprees across America.

    Those who oppose defunding the police also cite the goodwill of law enforcement as a reason to maintain the status quo. However, there is no reason for any individual to believe that the purpose of the police force is to cause reckless harm to our communities, because they were simply not created for that purpose. Those who use that reason are simply attempting to make the case that the people who support police defunding are unpatriotic or hate the police.

    It is simply a disgrace that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Voting Rights Act of 1965 cannot prevent the systemic injustice and systemic racism inherent in our early American historical roots, not to mention that these were merely two of the thousands of legislation passed to protect black Americans’ rights.

    Systemic racism is not just something that involves police officers. According to USA Today, the black poverty rate stands at 21.2%, black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men, and black Americans are disproportionately represented in politics. If we could take a small portion of the funds used for policing and reinvest them into community programs that protected the interests of every citizen, no matter race or religion, origin or creed, gender or sexual orientation, as long as every individual contributes to a community through the merits and their character, the dream of a land of the free, home of the brave will live on to prosper for future generations.

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  • Natalie from Idaho

    Being the daughter of immigrants I fear every day that my father might go out and get shot while going to work, I am scared that my little brother won’t get the protection he needs when playing outside all because of their skin color, and I am angry that the taxes we work hard to pay are going towards a system that is not functional, instead of having that money going towards schools like mine that does not have enough devices for me and My classmate to all learn. Now don’t get me wrong I as many others appreciate the work that many police officers do but I would lie if I were to say that, they are doing enough. Localities should defund the police because they are not doing enough to protect you and me, I also believe that your hard work should go towards that will actually show results.

    I recognize the concern that comes with defunding police officers because I as well would not want to live somewhere that is unsafe due to not having enough police officers willing to be defunded. But we must question the authority in order to better it and if you take the time to question whether we are truly safe we can see that we all may not be as secure as we thought. According to the 14th amendments “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”. This is stating that no state in America should allow the depriving of basic freedoms such as liberty and or deny any humans equal protection. With that said why are we not seeing this promise in our streets? People of color are being taken away the freedom to simply walk down the street without fear and along with this, they are a constant target for police officers instead of being another human that is part of a community that just as well needs protection.

    I comprehend that not every police officer you encounter is someone that wants to do us and our community harm by not keeping us safe but this is not the only issue we are facing. According to Education Writers Association, “School districts with the highest rates of poverty receive about $1,000 less per student in state and local funding than those with the lowest rates of poverty, according to a new report released Tuesday by The Education Trust”. This shows that schools in communities are one of many being effected by poor funding which is truly unfortunate because this is our future generation that is not getting the supplies they need which affects their education. We should be funding our future, not those that could tomorrow end it.

    I can not stretch enough that not all police officers are bad. All I am saying is that We need to look straight at the problems we are seeing with the police instead of covering it all up. Localities need to defund the police because they are not protecting us and that money should be going towards what will actually show results. I truly believe and I hope you can see that defunding the police could mean a future where you and your children as well as grandchildren no matter the gender, race, or class will be given a better education and environment. This could be a future that would mean that we would not have to fear our own supposed protectors. You might still not see what I am saying which I respect but answer me this, What if that was you? What if tomorrow you are the one incorrectly having a gun pointed to your head?

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  • Maksym from North Carolina

    I believe that Localities should defund the police. The police receive massive funding, and some of that money could be allocated towards other things that need funding. Many people confuse defunding with getting rid of, but it would be a terrible idea to get rid of police, as crime would skyrocket. Defunding is simply not giving as much money as before, and I believe that moving some of this money could be reallocated and would help out other areas and groups tremendously.

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  • Audrey from Colorado

    i think that with everything that’s been happening here in the US, I think it’s necessary that we defund the police

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  • Kathryn from Kentucky

    Localities should defund the police because the police force contributes to systemic racism towards people of color. America’s criminal justice system evolved from a band of slave catchers into the modern police force; therefore, localities’ only option to avoid contributing to racism is to defund the police. A system founded on racism can not be reformed. It has to be eliminated and replaced with an anti-racist team of crisis workers. Localities can funnel any extra money into programs that focus on preventing violence rather than executing violence. For example, social programs that include better education, occupations, and healthcare would lessen crime’s toll on poorer communities by reducing violence. No country is free of racism, but it is the United States’ duty to attempt to eradicate it. They can do this by defunding the police since people of color are disproportionately harmed by the police force. Some may argue that communities would become more dangerous without police, thus causing greater inequality among poor, black neighborhoods. These people must remember that law and order can still be maintained through crisis workers. Others also may argue that the police force is actually composed of good people. A few bad cops have tarnished the police force’s name. However, studies show that police murdered 103 people in just the past month of August 2020. If these mostly good police officers are meant to protect us, then why do they kill so many citizens every month? If these victims were committing crimes, are they not entitled to a trial and defense council like every other American citizen? While they do have these rights as U.S. citizens, the police stripped them of their invaluable lives and rights.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    For decades, the American Justice System has been systematically racist against the African American community. From the days of slavery and Jim Crow laws, it seems as though minority communities follow a completely different set of laws than white communities. For instance, when a black man gets caught for possession of marijuana, he is incarcerated. When a white man does the same thing, society gives him a slap on the wrist. He’s just a kid, they say. Kids make dumb decisions. Meanwhile, black men do not get the same level of grace and mercy from society. From the days of lynching, the police department has viewed African Americans and other minorities as threats. In history, minorities have been stereotyped as savages and criminals. In the aftermath of 9/11, innocent Muslims are targeted as potential terrorists. Mexican immigrants are characterized as rapists, drug dealers, and criminals. In a society that assumes minorities are threats, hundreds of innocent, unarmed black people have been murdered at the hands of the police—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the list goes on. For this reason, America needs to defund and reimagine the police department.
    Of course, the United States still needs police departments. For examples, during a school shooting, only a police officer can provide the swift action needed to provide safety to all students. However, issues of homelessness, drug abuse, and mental health are too complex and fragile, and police officers are not adequately trained to handle such situations. Therefore, police departments across the nation should allocate a larger portion of funds to mental health services as a way to combat crime. In a world that wants to militarize the police, one must acknowledge the fact that a loaded gun cannot fix every problem. If social service workers are able to create close connections with people with mental illness, these patients can be treated and protected before they commit a crime. The presence of police does not eliminate crime. In fact, in historically black neighborhoods in Chicago, the abundance of police officers did not alleviate the level of crime. In contrast, middle class, suburban neighborhoods tend to have lower crime rates, and the presence of police is far less prevalent. Of course, crime will always be an issue in society, but the police cannot solve all problems. Through defunding the police, localities can give more money to social services in order to prevent crime and ensure safety to all citizens.

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  • Victoria from Kentucky

    While there is a need for law enforcement to avoid anarchy, the policing in America has proven inadequate to affect real improvements in minority communities where the crime rate is high. Defunding the police is not about taking money out of law enforcement so criminals and violence can run amuck, but it is about reallocating those funds into social services that will actually help reduce crime and violence rates. It would be a harsh adjustment, but one that would help to improve the affected communities in the long run. It is simply impossible for an officer to be well educated and ready to handle every emergency system regarding mental health, physical disabilities, etc. By advocating for emergency specialists, problems could be dealt with in a more effective way. They would be educated in handling specific emergency situations to avoid mistreatment or mishandling. The police as it stands now is not working. A recent high school graduate can become a police officer, and there is not a way to guarantee that that person is 100% nonviolent, anti-racist, and a humane person. The negative effects of policing on minority communities are clear. Blacks are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, and policing their neighborhoods is clearly not working. If it was, the difference would be clear by now.

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  • James from Kentucky

    Compared to the rest of the developed world, American police are very militarized and overfunded. Yet despite this, many inner-city and poor communities are riddled with crime. People in these same communities also feel that the police, rather than protecting them, are being used to control and subdue them. Defunding the police is a noble experiment that could help empower communities and end needless violence and bloodshed. Police departments are overstretched and often forced to deal with problems that officers have no training in handling. By diverting funds to other organizations, violence can be decreased and problems that communities face can be handled more effectively. Although there is a chance that defunding the police may have dire consequences, it is at the very least worth a shot as police precincts can always be replaced. While there is little data about defunding the police, there have been a few studies that have found that when policing is decreased or reformed, violent crime can also decrease. Another example comes from Portugal, which during the early 2000’s decided that instead of using cops to handle their massive heroine epidemic, they should instead use a more humane, treatment focused approach for dealing with the drug epidemic. The results were decreased street violence, decreased overdoses, and decreased drug-related deaths. While it is unclear whether defunding the police in America will have the same effect, it is still definitely worth a chance. Defunding the police could prove to be an effective way of empowering communities and ending unnecessary hardship, and the only way to figure out if this works is to try it ourselves.

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  • Matt from Kentucky

    Police defunding has the potential to benefit the community in so many ways. Defunding leads to more funds towards community benefits especially for the youth. In lower income communities more police are dispatched to observe and take action at the sight of violence or misdemeanor. Public schools and other institutions created for the societal good lack financial resources that could benefit their communities. Rather than overfund police units, that money could be used to buy better medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, better human resourcing options, and better access to basic needs. These investments lead to the betterment of the community and less violence due to injustice. Taking away police funding benefits the community because the money is put to direct use instead of overstocking on bullets and violence-inducing supplies.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    The police should be defunded, but not necessarily abolished. If the people want the police to cause less harm and violence, then money should be taken away from funds that go towards their guns, weapons, and much more. The police should be people to turn to for help, not people feared by the 13.4% of blacks throughout America. Many people think that the police system has extremely racist roots from the time of it was first instituted. Moreover, their monthly quotas should be abolished because that never protects people, it only hurts people because it makes the police search for violence rather than being called when needed. Overtime should also be taken away from police because again, it only causes them to search for violence instead of being there when we need them. Furthermore, police’s capability to flat out lie to someone to get them to incriminate themselves is something that terrifies anybody, black and white alike. However, if defunding the police isn’t an option, the money that is used on weapons and overtime should be diverted to giving aspiring policemen a sufficient education in law so that they are more educated when they do have to make arrests. Also, investments should be made in body cams and better background checks to ensure the safety of all citizens and to justly punish the police who do exhibit racist or subpar behavior.

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  • Yao from District Of Columbia

    There is no reforming a system that was built on racist ideologies. There are laws that are statistically proven to disproportionally affect poc. And when police put on a uniform everyday, ready to enforce those laws, that makes them a bad person. There is no reforming a system that shoots an unarmed black man seven times in the back, and then a few days later lets a white person, who is armed, walk right by them. There is no reforming a system that targets bipoc with creating laws that disproportionally incarcerates them. While the police are overfunded and were prepared with riot gear the next day protest broke out, nurses were struggling to get mask, hand sanitizer and other necessary necessities during a pandemic. While polices are overfunded, schools are struggling to find ways to afford laptops, textbooks and other necessities for their students. While police are over funded, there are food desserts and communities with a mass population of poc. So yes, defund the system that can kill a woman in her sleep, and not get arrested.

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  • David from California

    There are many that have a knee-jerk reaction when they hear “defund the police.” It is easy to imagine communities left without support networks, overrun with crime because police budgets have been slashed to near 0. I understand these concerns, but defunding the police isn’t taking away money, it’s taking away responsibilities from the police. Officers are trained to apprehend criminals and ensure direct public safety. However, many other responsibilities such as: social work, homelessness, and drug rehabilitation programs are all thrust upon the police departments across America. It is unreasonable to expect a single department to be able to handle all these issues. Defunding the police refers to taking these issues off of the police’s plate, and giving some of their funding to social workers and drug counselors to handle them. These new positions would work very closely with the police, but they would be specially trained to deal with conflict de-escalation. These new positions would improve the communities funding them, and allow officers to specialize in what they do best instead of being spread too thin. I do not wish to take resources away from the police or my community, but using the police alone is like having a single tool instead of using the full array of options available.

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  • Lelah from New Jersey

    Yes, the police should be defunded periodt, and that starts on a state and local level. The police system in our country is problematic—two Centuries ago, pre-civil war, there wasn’t really any law enforcement teams, just a sheriff or another individual who looked after the community.

    After the civil war a bunch of “police departments” popped up, especially in the south to “police” the recently freed Black Americans, which led to, not only the prison industrial complex but also, a culture and mindset in our country which is that certain people and populations need to be policed to protect everyone else. In most cases, these people who are “public enemies” or “dangers to society are usually racial minorities and the impoverished.

    Police departments nowadays see these same people (in addition to queer people and religious minorities) as threats to “proper” society. They band together in brotherhood, so that when one or two commit a prejudiced act against a minority, for example, the racist “Stop and Frisk” policies of the 90s & 2000s, that no one takes the fall for it. As seen in the cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and others, they exert excessive and unnecessary force, and they still get away with it. further embedding the idea that the police can do whatever they want, that their behavior will remain unchecked.

    Defunding the police is not saying that we don’t need law and order, it’s saying that in order to undo this multi-generational curse of police brutality and discrimination, we must allocate funding towards testing prospective officers for anger issues and history of abuse and prejudice, providing diversity training to current officers, and not giving the police as a whole virtually unlimited funding for weapons, especially when those weapons get turned on the same American people whose tax dollars line police pockets.

    Defunding the police is necessary to protect not only minorities, but the American people as a whole

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  • Faith from Pennsylvania

    Localities should work towards defunding the police.
    The police have too many roles they have to perform as part of their job title. They are called in for murders, theft, domestic disturbances, homelessness, traffic violations, mental health crises, crowd control, missing persons, drug overdoses, wellness checks, student conduct/truancy, and other difficult situations (The Philadelphia Inquirer). I believe that the defunding of the police is necessary in order to fund other groups that could take on some of these roles. For example, medical professionals can be called in to deal with drug overdoses and mental health crises. As trained professionals, they can handle the situation better than the average policeman and also help prevent further incidents from happening by providing preventative care.

    CNN summarized this sentiment well: ” Instead of funding a police department, a sizable chunk of a city’s budget is invested in communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs…Those dollars can be put back into social services for mental health, domestic violence and homelessness, among others.”

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  • Marvel from Arizona

    We can use some of that money to build a better community in which the police would be needed as much and won’t be needed for numerous task/issues.

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  • Dee from Florida

    Funding for programs that solve the target issues is more important than the militarization of local police. Education and healthcare are crucial to the development of mentally and physically healthy individuals and they promote positive lifestyles and group accountability.

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  • George from Alabama

    I believe the police should be defunded and many changes are needed to their policies. It has been an issue with police behavior that dates back over centuries. Many people are treated unfair by police officers based off of
    The color of their skin. In order to make this county a fair and peaceful nation for generations to come, we have to make changes to the police department. I am committed to helping bring awareness to unfair policies and the fight for change.

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  • Charee from Indiana

    In the CNN article “There’s a growing call to defund the police. Here’s what it means.” They almost immediately mean that funding the police means to redirect a large portion of money that go es to them is put back into communities. The money can easily go into state and city schools that are in dire need of money. Another part is that police are called into situations where kids and people that are mentally ill in some way are throwing a tantrum and being aggressive. The proper response to that is not to pull a gun on them when they are already upset with not being understood but to communicate with them in a way that they understand on both sides. Those are situations where a familiar face or a social worker would be able to easily de-escalate a situation.

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  • Rigel from Tennessee

    By defunding the police, other underfunded services like homeless shelters, call centers, soup kitchens and more will get a boost in their budget! The police are tasked with so many things that aren’t theirs to bear because other services are underfunded.

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  • Mike from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police because with less police officers, there is more opportunity for people to get away with crime. This would ultimately lead to an increased crime rate, causing communities to suffer. Police are an essential part to ensuring safety in our communities because their presence makes potential criminals ultimately decide against crime. If the vast number of members of the police force is taken into consideration, it is clear that only a very small percentage of officers are involved in racist shootings. Since most cops have not taken part in racist acts of violence, defunding the police would punish the many officers who have good morals and live to protect their communities when they have less resources to defend their communities from crime and crime rates rise. Police are people too who have concerns for their safety, but by defunding the police, their safety will be at a higher risk if they do not have the resources to keep crime out of their communities.
    While it is a valid point that increasing social programs in lower income communities will most likely show a decrease in crime rates, the funding should not be taken out of the police funds. There are other sources of tax money that could be relocated into social programs and there is no reason that their funding has to come from police budgets. These beneficial programs do require funding removed from police budgets. Police funding is too important to ensure the safety of communities to take away their funding. Due to the increase of racial acts of violence in America, police reform should be implemented, but funding should not be cut. Police reform could be implemented to educate current and new members of the police force to ensure that they are aware of their duties as officers to protect the citizens of their communities in the right way.

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    • Elisha from North Carolina

      I believe that it would be a travesty to take funding away from the police this would cause more problems than solution. As it stands there is an increase in crime in those areas that have completely discarded there respect and belief in law enforcement and it has caused nothing but despair and financial ruin for community that just wants to get on with there lives. There are communities that will not recover from the amount of crime and controversy that has happened. Image how our lives would be if we had no law and order we would be living in utter fear every time we walked out the door and there are good men and women who still believe in what they are doing we can’t judge everyone that wears the uniform as monsters there are bad apples everywhere. Ask yourself would you be willing to do a job that could cost you your life remember the bad guys don’t care about you, your family’s or what they can cost you. Are you willing to put your life in the hands of the bad guys and hope for the best.

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      I believe that it would be a travesty to take funding away from the police this would cause more problems than solution. As it stands there is an incr…

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    • kayleigh from North Carolina

      localities should not defund the police because they get up and go to work to help us citizens stay safe.

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  • Carson from Kentucky

    The police should not be defunded because many places that defund police are trying to completely get rid of the police. Places like Minneapolis call all of their police officers racist with no ground to stand on for most of their accusations and want to completely get rid of police officers. Sending mental health workers instead of police would end very poorly in many instances. For example, if there is an assault reported, a mental health worker will not be able to stop the assaulter from assaulting the victim, and a defunded police force could be overwhelmed by too many reports at one time, and there could not be enough officers to show up at the scene. If there is no police force then, there would be no one trained to be able to end the threat of the assaulter, and the mental health worker could get hurt too if they try to defuse the situation without the necessary tools, such as a taser or gun. A police force that works with mental health workers, without being defunded, could be very beneficial to both the officers and the victims. The social workers could help to keep the police officers in line and help the victim get through it. If there is an ongoing threat, a defunded or eliminated police force may not be able to deal with it, and an unarmed social worker would not be able to deal with it as well. If the police are defunded it could take a long time for criminals to be caught and arraigned, this makes it so that criminals could be free to do whatever they wanted with little consequence for a prolonged amount of time, which is a huge issue. Adding police funding can allow officers to be trained better to deal with difficult situations and allow them to get more body-cams so that the truth behind some of their encounters can be found definitively.

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    • Tiffany from California

      I can see where you are coming from and you make a good point. It’s hard to imagine a future where there are no police to maintain crime such as assault, rape, and murders. These are genuine concerns. However, there is evidence that law and order can be maintained with minimal police intervention. For example, there are many people advocating for alternatives to policing like Alex Vitale, who is part of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, who points out thatt, “well-funded and well-run community-based anti violence initiatives, [and] credible messenger programs can reduce violence without driving young people into mass incarceration.” Defunding the police is a call to action for a better future by allocating funds to infrastructure so that we don’t have to rely on a violent system to reduce violence.

      Regarding your point on, “Places like Minneapolis call all of their police officers racist with no ground to stand on,” the problem with this is that the police force in America is inherently racist. Meaning even though an officer that is not racist, an officer in the policing system will enforce racist policies because the system itself is designed to produce inequities. Those who are saying that ALL police officers are racist are referring to the racist policing system and not specifically to the character of each officer. (The beginnings of the American police force in the South maintained law and ‘order’ by capturing run-away slaves and this policing system can still be reflected today with America’s incarceration rates with the abused loophole in the 13th Amendment.) Moreover, the officers involved in Geroge Floyd’s death is a paragon of the police system as a whole. Although it was Derek Chauvin who was the one who killed Floyd, the other officers (J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao) who watched, aided, and kept onlookers from intervening also denied Floyd basic decency and his humanity. Inaction in the face of injustice means officers, and the police system as a whole, is perpetuating injustice and cruelty. It begs the question why we are over funding the policing system that produces social ills instead of abetting them.

      Additionally, the reform to give police funding to be better educated and suited to deal with difficult decisions is a good idea. But it’s not enough. We have seen time and time again that body cameras are not especially useful and it doesn’t deter the police from exercising unnecessary brutality. The videos where the body camera is ‘accidentally’ knocked off or where a person is senselessly killed because of the color of their skin, prove increasing funding for arms and equipment doesn’t offer the desired results. Defunding the police is a step in the right direction as it works to allocate funding to programs and relieve the many roles that police officers have to deal with and gives it to often underfunded programs in society.

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  • Madison from West Virginia

    Imagine a world without the police. For some, it would be bliss and they would feel like they were free and finally happy. All would be well until their business or home was robbed and they had nobody to call. All would be well until their child’s school witnessed a shooting, and nobody was there to take legal action and take care of their kids. All would be well until we turned against each other, and couldn’t call the police for help. Don’t defund the police, not only for your safety, but it would put millions out of a job and no way to provide for their families.

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  • Amya from Louisiana

    I know that the police have done a lot of bad and questionable things, especially towards minorities, but at the end of day they are the one that protect us. When something goes wrong, our first thought is to call the police.

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  • Kyairius from North Carolina

    I don’t think we should defund the police because most likely the crime will increase and communities will become vulnerable. Not all policemen are bad.

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  • Joey from North Carolina

    I think we shouldn’t defund the police however I still think those who become very oppressive and abuse their power should still be punished in some way or just defunded because if we defund the whole police force we could bring crime rates up.

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  • Ethan from North Carolina

    I believe taking funding away only creates more problems. Most people want better training for police officers but don’t realize that it would cost millions of dollar every year to add more training to the police. You also would have cops losing their jobs which leads to higher crime rates. I am all for better policing training but cutting their funding won’t help at all

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  • Ashlyn from North Carolina

    I do not think we should defund the police because we need protection. If the police were defunded there would be higher crime rates, higher death rates from crimes, and there would be hardly no protection for you and your community.

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  • Morgan from North Carolina

    Defunding the police could potentially cause an elevated amount of crime in the states that choose to do so. With less law enforcement then more crimes will be committed. Does law enforcement need to be reformed? Yes, without a doubt. The system is by no means perfect. However, outright defunding the police is just not safe.

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  • Jose from North Carolina

    I do not think we should defund the police. This controversy came to be because all the issues we’ve had with the police and African Americans. I do agree that those police man were in the wrong. But the job of police is to enforce the law and keep citizens safe. I see no valuable reason to defund them.

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  • Ashley from Arizona

    The police should not be defunded because we would have no on-the-ground force to enforce our laws. In the event of a robbery, there would be no one to call to help you sort out the case. Our police are necessary in enforcing the constitution. Although recently we have seen a rise in news stories relating to the unfortunate issue that is police brutality, these cases are a minority. Most cops do not have a malicious intent and simply do not have enough training to understand when to use deadly force or not. The State and Law Enforcement Training Academics from 2013 (from the Bureau of Justice Statistics) shows that the basic training programs for most officers only last 21 weeks, or about 5 months. To get more training is nearly impossible, as most training facilities do not have enough funding to provide their officers with more training. As a result of this, there is a lengthy application process one must go through to receive the higher training which would better prepare them for the issues seen on the news. Instead of defunding the police, we should be cutting pensions from the police force because all that money is going to save up for their retirement that they may not even live to see rather than going to pay for higher-level training that would provide officers with better job security and decision-making skills, which would then prevent the atrocities seen in the news and benefit officers in the long-run.

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  • Lisa from Utah

    This country needs law and order. Every country needs that. If cities want to redirect funds, then it needs to be a gradual process. Change should be based on data. The data doesn’t indicate that a reduction in police will help communities. However, if this is what citizens want, then cities need to put a solid plan in place that clearly explains what the goal is, what practices will be put in place, and what training is going to happen for other professionals to go into situations that would have previously been handled by police. This can’t be a reactionary response. There needs to be a plan, or it will just harm citizens and businesses. If this is a high priority in cities, then they need to figure out how they can fund such a plan initially. If the plan works (proven by data), then slowly the money can be allocated to further the plan.

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  • Annabelle from Tennessee

    Loyalties should not defund the police. My first point in why we shouldn’t defund the police because it would result in less officers.Less officers lead to less protection of the people. Following the death of George Floyd, Minneapolis city council was trying to work towards defunding the police. The movement has sparked many people to want the police to be defunded. If police weren’t around people would commit crimes and not be punished. The world would go to complete and utter chaos. All countries need some form of control and order.

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  • Sean from Texas

    _ incentivize the police in order to provide the most qualitative, genuine, and positive police officers
    _ enrich law enforcement rather than defunding
    _ embrace authentic candidates rather than archaic pre-qualifications

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  • Alejandro from Tennessee

    I do not think that the police should be defunded. I agree with the Democratic party when they say that the police are loaded with jobs they shouldn’t be in charge of. For example, the police shouldn’t be in charge of being the first responders to someone that was about to commit suicide. That should be a job for psychiatrists. What I don’t agree with is that the police target black people. I think that this statement is completely false. First of all, when a cop is going to pull you over, they cannot see the color of your skin. Second of all, the majority of the time that a black person is killed by a police officer, they do not follow the orders of the police officer. They often times resist an arrest that can sketch police officers out, conflicting them and giving them a higher chance of harming the individual. Third of all, the Democrat’s claim that black people have a higher chance of being killed by a cop is false. According to a 2011 study, researchers found out that 65.2% of those stopped in street stops were white, 15.3% were Hispanic/Latino, 12.4% were black, 3.6% were Asian, 3.1% were two or more races, and 0.6% were American Indian. If these stats are correct, then the claims made by the Democratic party are completely false. This is why I do not support the idea of police defunding.

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    • Ethan from Wisconsin

      While your data is accurate, I don’t think that was a fair assessment because you didn’t consider that people of color are a minority in the united states, because according to http://www.census.gov,as of 2019 76.3 percent of people in the united states are white leaving only a 26.7 percent for people of color, and according to your data about 35% of people in the united states who have been pulled over would be people of color, the data with white people people being pulled over is 10% lower than the percentage of total white people, no big deal right? 2 completely different sets of data, but then you look at the data for people of color, you see that the percent of people being pulled over is 8% higher than the total percentage for people of color, do you see the pattern here? I agree that your data is correct, but you didn’t think of other factors

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  • matt from New York

    When you encounter difficulties, you always need the police to help you solve the problem

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  • Drew from North Dakota

    The United states is a beacon of light and hope to all who are visiting our country. The people that live here work hard to achieve their goals and dreams and to be make the best of life not only for themselves but for others. However this way of life would not be possible if we did not have our laws or our police that help maintain order amongst the millions of people that are citizens of the United States. The police are a force that keeps us safe and makes sure that the rules are followed. If were to defund the police we are risking the safety of everyone. Without police I believe our country would slowly fall apart and enter a era of ciaos. However the police is good but the fact is that there are some people that are corrupting the force. So to stop this I would suggest longer training periods and do better background checks and status reports. So I would not defund the police but investigate officers to see if they are worthy to protect the people.

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  • Corynna from North Dakota

    With the new movements going on in the U.S. the last couple months, people are trying to find ways to support them. Defunding the police has been brought up with some valid points. Examples of these points include: funding other organizations to supply food, education, and other supplies to those who need them, and I agree that those are great ideas but the funding for those need to come from a different place.
    The police should still receive their funding because they help maintain the safety of citizens, fight against crime, and not all policemen are corrupt. With the police force in place it convinces many would-be criminals to not act on what they were going to do. The police are also one of the first people to arrive when there is an emergency. There are a FEW corrupt officers but to defund all of them it is unfair to those who aren’t corrupt and have a family to feed. It also unfair to those who call 911 and no one can respond because they won’t have the funding. I think that before anyone chooses to defund the police you should picture yourself in the place of someone in an emergency and no officer can help you.

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  • Danielle from North Dakota

    I think that taking the funding would be a bad idea. One officer made a bad decision and to take it out one everyone is not far at all there are other ways to get back at him. but to defund the police should not be one of them. It is the wrong way to go their are so many amazing police officers to defund them all would be taking away the good they would do not all officers are racist their are black cops and if defunding them would be taking away them as well .

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  • Breanna from North Dakota

    I do not believe that we should defund the police. I feel like there are better ways to make the police around the world more aware and responsible for their activation then to defund them. It takes an average of 2-6 years of college for someone to get their degree and go into the workforce, although to become a police it only takes an average 16-20 weeks. Instead of defunding the police, the alternative should be more training, especially on the mental side of things. Police should know how to calm someone down and to deescalate a bad situation with the use of weapons. As a society we would not function correctly if we didn’t have to police and yet we are trying to defund a group of people that help make the society run smoothly. Just because there is one cop that is making bad decisions, doesn’t mean all of them are making the same bad decisions.

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  • Alex from North Dakota

    No i do not believe the police need to be completely abolished or defunded. Do I think there is room for improvement? Absolutely. I believe there is much reform that needs to be taking place right now. 2020 has brought up a slew of problems, but right now police brutality is happening and is very real. The sad thing is, is that the brutality going on is so unnecessary. People do not need to be getting hurt by the ones paid to protect us so often, whether they’re guilty or innocent they still have the right to a fair trial.

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  • Tianna from North Dakota

    I believe that defunding the police would be a huge mistake. Not only would we lose a sense of security in our communities, our crime rates would skyrocket. We need to keep order in our communities for our own safety. I agree that some police have acted out of place and have used their power to oppress others but that is not every cop. Police risk their lives every single day to protect and help the citizens of the United States but some people seem to ignore that fact. I believe that if we are going to make a difference with police brutality, we need to increase our police training, especially on how to deescalate a potentially dangerous situation.

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  • Isaac from California

    I dont believe it is ok to defund the police because if we do that we are losing our protection towards criminals, crimes and countless many other things. Its a sense of security for all of us.

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  • Luke from Arizona

    With all the latest police incidents some people have supported the idea of defunding the police because they are systemically racist. However, the police should not be defunded for three reasons. First, they are not systemically racist. Second, the majority of black people want more police. Thirdly, they are fundamentally needed to protect society. Many people say that the police are racist against African Americans because even though they make up only 13 percent of the population they account for 33 percent of the people killed by the police. However, what has to be acknowledged is that according to a National Crime Victimization Survey in 2015 they found that black men were three times more likely to commit a violent crime than white men. This shows why there is a disparity with African Americans since violent offenders are more likely to fight the police. Not only are the police not racist but African Americans actually want more police. According to Newsweek, a Gallop poll found that 81 percent of African Americans wanted police in their neighborhood. The very people who are affected by “systemically racist” police don’t in fact want them to leave. Lastly, police shouldn’t be defunded because with less police there is more crime. According to NPR, during the summer major cities like Chicago, and New York have seen increases in shooting and killings up to 50 percent more than last year. Some people try to say that it’s because of the pandemic but in 2016 when there were riots against police, police weren’t as proactive against crime and there was also a sharp increase in crime. So when people call for the defunding of the police what they have to remember is that not every cop is perfect but the majority are decent people doing their best to protect society. When something terrible happens and everyone else runs away from the threat, the police run towards it knowing that they might never see the families again.

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  • Patrick from Massachusetts

    Particularly in areas with high crime rates, the police force needs more funding, not less. Despite some brutal police altercations coming to light recently — most memorably the killing of George Floyd — it is undeniable that more police within the confines of a locality lowers the overall incentive to commit crimes. With fewer police, there is a weaker enforcement mechanism for the law, and consequently, there is greater incentive to break it.

    Additionally, unless the police have the resources and permission to do their job, vigilante justice will become the new norm. This unfortunate truth is already starting to rear its ugly head through “private property protectors” such as Kyle Rittenhouse [1]. While I don’t wish to take a side in such a controversial dilemma as what we’ve seen in Kenosha, Wisconsin these past few weeks, it is undoubtedly true that rowdy young men such as Mr. Rittenhouse should not be the ones protecting private property — the police should!

    Perhaps worst of all, the mobs raging through the country are not quelled by the lack of presence of law enforcement, they are enabled. Why? Because without the police, there is no proper or just enforcement of the law. Welfare programs and rehabilitation clinics are all well and good, but they cannot and should not replace or supersede proper law enforcement. Only the latter has either the ability or the motivation to keep crime in its place.

    If you accept my premise that providing more funding the police force will better limit crime, it becomes a simple step to affirm that additional funding for the police is necessary. Firstly, crime is crime. Wherever crime flourishes, people are hurt, innocents are endangered, and anarchy reigns supreme. But more than that, where crime is prevalent, economic prosperity is generally not. This is true because crime disincentivizes both innovation and investment. Innovation is disincentivized by high crime rates because potential innovators are forced from the city; after all, no one wants to live in an area with high rates of violence. It is no accident that the cities with the highest crime rates in the United States — Detroit and Saint Louis [2] — are hemorrhaging population [3, 4] even while the rest of the country continues to grow [5]. But beyond innovation and populace, investment is also disincentivized by high crime rates because no sensible investor would invest in a business located in a particularly violent area.

    I have no doubt that relocating funds from law enforcement to establish better welfare programs or higher quality schooling would help some people through difficult times. Overall, however, it is a horrible economic policy! If we really want to help the economically underprivileged, we need to employ the use of more police, not less. Only then will we attain high rates of employment, innovation, population growth, and investment.

    Because it will elevate our crime rates, hollow out our cities, and ravage our local economies, defunding the police is not the best course for localities to take. While police training and reformation are certainly warranted, the answer to the recent tragedies is not to simply scrap the entire system. Without law enforcement, there is no law; without law, there is no order; without order, there is no peace; without peace, there is no prosperity. If we want to safeguard any of these, we need to allow the police to do their job.

    CITATIONS
    [1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/us/kyle-rittenhouse-kenosha-shooting-video.html
    [2] https://www.forbes.com/pictures/mlj45jggj/1-detroit/#9a078d869d9f
    [3] https://www.bridgemi.com/urban-affairs/detroit-population-continues-decline-according-census-estimate
    [4] https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/business-climate/census-estimates-show-st-louis-population-falling-again
    [5] https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.GROW?locations=US

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  • Artem from Illinois

    Defunding the police and reforming it do not go very well together. Any kind of reform that would result in a better police force requires funding, so you either “defund” them or train police officers more (including diversity training), identify potential biases among the workers, ensure fair trials and investigations into police brutality cases, and overall improve police in the United States. All of the above changes require the allocation of more, not less, resources to the local police departments. A lot of people also seem to think that defunding the police will help get rid of military-grade weapons that the force has, but police actually pays close to nothing for them (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/09/why-police-pay-nothing-for-military-equipment.html). Majority of these weapons were made for the military itself, but as they became redundant, they were given to the police through Programs 1033 and 1122. In short, these weapons were already paid for by the federal government, and the only alternatives to giving them to police are paying for the weapons’ warehousing or destruction. I believe additional social programs should be funded, but that funding should not be taken out of police. There is a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy, corporate bailouts, inefficient programs, and an overinflated defense budget. All that money could instead be used to fund healthcare that would be more efficient than the current Medicare and Medicaid programs, education (including possibly post-secondary education), and other similar initiatives. These would also help root out one of the main causes of police brutality – crime. Many police brutality cases happen due to increased crime rates in certain communities which subsequently lead to confrontations with law enforcement. Crime has been shown to be largely linked to poverty (https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5137) and single motherhood (https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/12/the-real-complex-connection-between-single-parent-families-and-crime/265860/), both of which would decrease if social programs were properly funded. We have a long way to go, and forcefully defunding law enforcement is just combating a symptom of the disease – police would naturally play a smaller role in American communities if crime rates were to decrease.

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  • Jocelyn from Michigan

    There are so many factors into people’s responses to these type of questions lately. Do people ever stop and think what would happen if we actually did defund the police. If you think crime is bad now wait until we don’t have good hearted police officers willing to risk themselves for our safety. All of the “facts” and history promoting to defund the police have been proven wrong and the fact is that we don’t live in our history books and we’ve been past those times by hundreds of years. Yet today we see people calling out our local police for actions they are not at fault for. I do not have slaves, my parents did not have slaves, my grandparents did not have slaves, and my great grandparents did not have slaves. We are blaming the wrong people, infact we should not be blaming anyone at all. We should be forgiving and forgetting and if we do not then we are just as bad as people who had slaves. Looking at today’s news it is nothing but conflict between two political parties, this year has been more than hectic, and more things are on their way. Do you think we can make it through that without our police? not only that but what about all of the good things police have done. You can do 99 things for someone and all they’ll remember is the thing You didn’t do, and that’s the world we live in. The police work hard to protect us everyday and all we can remember all the mistakes they’ve made. Even when some of those mistakes have been proven wrong. Then people don’t fight back and argue about it, they just sit and stay quiet while more conflict happens so that they can get up and fight for the wrong cause. Lately there have been instances where people accuse the police of being racist or prejudiced and I know that this is a touchy subject but there are more than 2 races. It’s not black vs white its people vs people. Turn on your telivision and watch the news. What do you see? a man getting arrested for crimes with a previous criminal record, and then dying of a drug overdose. Only we didn’t get to see that because instead people were too busy focusing on the difference of his skin color in comparison to the police officer’s skin color. Not only this but a 5 year old little boy gets shot in the head by a neighbor of eight years that had dinner with his family the night before. He thought he was safe, he was an innocent child and trusted that man. Sound familiar? Well it shouldn’t, unless you did some digging because the loss of this innocent child’s life only got displayed on a few news channels briefly. While a criminal who died of a drug overdose was mourned for months along with protests and looting. This is only one example of many racist events that have happened during the pandemic. Notice how the police were only targeted in one of those events I just ran through. It is wrong to defund the police, just as it is wrong to shoot a 5 year old in the head. Both have made mistakes in the past but were never given a chance to prove themselves past that point because it was taken from them.

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  • Griffin from Kentucky

    In the grand scheme of things, no, localities should not defund the police. There are the obvious reasons for this such as people in need of instant need. For example, if someone’s house is being robbed or if someone has been brutally beaten. But the argument shouldn’t be should or shouldn’t localities defund the police, instead it should be how well can we better incorporate the police system with other systems. Funding of the police should continue. As stated earlier, it is important in controlling crime rates and keeping the people safe. But, combining both viewpoints from those who believe in defunding and those who believe in funding is a good way to bring about a common ground. Those who believe in defunding the police argue for an increase in social workers while those who argue for funding want more police influence. Why can’t we have both? Why don’t we just keep the funding of the police but increase the funding of social workers. This would provide for a specific/specialized care system. Let’s say, for example, someone’s house was being robbed and they called 911, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to have cops and certain social workers arrive at the door? In this case, we wouldn’t reduce the number of cops showing up to the scene, we would keep this number the same. But, the inclusion of social workers would provide for better recovery and assistance in helping the family whose house was robbed.

    An important part of our history has been the idea of compromises. Documents such as the Constitution (the Connecticut Compromise) utilize compromises to bring out the best of both worlds. In this case, instead of favoring large states or small states, Roger Sherman was able to find a common ground for people of both viewpoints to get their ways. This led toward a strong basis for the legislative branch that would survive and thrive through 200+ years of American history. Therefore, using this same concept in terms of defunding the police, why don’t we reach a compromise that expresses viewpoints from both sides. Obviously if one side gets their way, the other side becomes furious and vise versa. But, if both sides get a portion of what they want, wouldn’t that produce better and more productive results. Lincoln once referred to the nation as a house divided against itself. Why should we subject our nation to more of this. Why should we continue the debate of one side versus the other instead of setting aside our differences and working together. Obviously, this is hard to do especially when everyone is so passionate about what they believe in. If we were to reach a compromise, everyone in the nation would have to cope with not getting 100% of what they wanted. This would be an extremely hard feat but isn’t that to be expected? Deciding federal law is not supposed to please everyone: it requires sacrifice. Therefore, if we were able to combine both viewpoints, we would be a safer and more productive society. Again, the idea expressed in the previous paragraph is that we should maintain the funding of the police but increase funding for social workers. This would not only create a better health/safety system, but also pave the way for future compromise among differing viewpoints. In order to make a change, we have to start somewhere.

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  • Jonah from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police. In July of 2020 in New York City, murder rates rose 50% as a result of the absence of police officers. Also, after a 2010 budget cut to the Illinois State Police Department, traffic cops were removed so that there would be more responders to more violence, pressing issues. This resulted in an increase in fatal car accidents. Without the police, crime and accidents will inevitably rise. If anything, localities should increase funding for police to improve the education system for training police and to add new departments for responders when police are not necessary. Many make the argument that the police should be mostly replaced by responders without self-defense weapons. While that may work for the most part, what happens when a non-violent situation escalates? Police need more training.
    When police departments suffer significant budget cuts. Some are forced to implement “taxation by citation” meaning speeding tickets, parking tickets, and other citation fees will increase. Furthermore, a recent Gallup poll found that only 15% of Americans supported defunding the police. That same poll found that 78% of African Americans opposed defunding the police. The people have spoken. Localities should not defund the police.

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  • carly from Kentucky

    Should we Defund the Police
    We should not defund the police because that is not going to solve anything. We have police for a reason, to keep control and public safety even if that means someone has to die. People we are in a world where if one thing happens and we fall apart it shows weakness to other people out of our country they can use it against us. That money doesn’t go to just the police, it goes to their cars, their tools (guns), and most important it goes to their family after they have retired. We have all forgotten 9/11 because you all are going out and acting like “these men and women” are evil, telling them that they are not heroes, telling their child that their parent is the devil with a badge. They are heroes to me and they will stay that way and you can’t tell me that my uncle is evil. We needed police and lets keep them, let them have their money.

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  • Matt from Kentucky

    Localities should NOT defund the police. The police system is made up of human beings. We, as human beings, are not perfect; we make mistakes. The mistakes we make have consequences. The police force only monitors and maintains our law, they are not above it. They protect our homes from burglars, they protect our schools from shooters, they protect us from dangerous criminals.

    What happened with the case of George Floyd was a result of human error. But in reality, the actions the arresting officer took while suppressing George Floyd was to protect his fellow officers and other people around him.

    There are two things that contribute to a story: truth and fact. In the case of George Floyd, it is a fact that the officer refused to take his knee off of his neck. But the truth behind that fact was that the officers didn’t know if he could have a firearm or other deadly weapon that he could use to attack the officers. The media tends to only present the facts which is why the truth is commonly unknown.

    The police protect us everyday whether we see it or not. If the police were defunded and there was a school shooter, who would be there to stop it? If your home was robbed, who would be there to make sure that the burglar would receive justice? Other social services could not possibly do what the police do plus more. This is why we need the police.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police because it would lead to greater problems in our society. If the police were to be defunded they would lose money which could be going to their cars, weapons, etc.. Police do much more than people see and so many people only focus on the bad instead of the good. Focusing on the bad is okay to an extent but when police do something good and it goes unrecognized is when this is an issue. If money is taken away from the police, how would they be able to pull someone over for speeding, distracted or impaired driving and potentially save a life? As well as the cars, police also need their weapons in order to save themselves and others, keeping people out of danger. Defunding the police would lead to a society full of violence and people breaking laws 24/7 all because the police wouldn’t be there to stop this from happening. In order to keep a safe community around us, police must be here to help which is exactly why the police should not be defunded by localities.

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  • Cody from Kentucky

    They should not defund the police. The police is an agency to protect and serve the people (us), they are not devoted to killing racial minorities or anyone, even though there are bad apples here and there in the police, there are bad apples everywhere, should we defund schools cause of bad teachers/ faculty? No, because then you get more bad teachers who are getting less pay. I welcome the idea of branching social service with the police agency to help people, but the idea of replacing the police with social service workers is a joke. The idea that a social service worker is going to kick the door down on someone raping another person and intervene without force is a joke. The Defund the Police movement does not realize how much they are really protected by the police and law enforcement agencies. They don’t realize it till they’re held at gunpoint by a robber or followed home by someone. In that case who are you gonna call? Ghostbusters? Even if there were mental health service workers dealing with a mental health victim with a gun, they still have no idea what that person is going to do, they can’t protect themselves or others.

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  • Kaitlyn from Kentucky

    Obviously, there are issues with the police department. It needs some major reform. That being said, the police should not be defunded. There are countless police departments across the country that are struggling to maintain their duties due to limited resources, whether that be the small number of officers at that station, etc. Defunding the police department will create greater issues in communities when other organizations, such as mental health organizations, crisis specialists, etc., could team up with the police department to work so that they are more specialized in that area of crisis. This would take some of the pressure off the police, and make it potentially more beneficial for those in high crime areas where the cause of violence could be mental health issues, etc. and the police department in addition to the other organizations could help those in crisis. In order to reform, the police department should change the guidelines and/or regulations that cadets learn in the police academy, which would change the way they respond in a certain situation. There is no need to defund the police in order to have police reform.

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  • Lukas from Kentucky

    They should not defund the police. Many will argue that all cops are bad and while this might be convincing, it is not true. Yes, there are bad cops scattered throughout the many good cops out there, but this should not be ruining the image of all cops. There are many more people who have a pleasant experience with cops than there are people who had bad experiences that you will see on the news. If the police are defunded, this will cause many cops to lose their job and result in an increase in violence. The response time to come to someone’s aid will be even worse than it is already resulting in many more people being hurt.

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  • Ellie from Kentucky

    The 18,000 police departments across the United States serve this country and risk their lives for us everyday, they should not be defunded. There has been a lot of debate about whether the police should be defunded, especially ever since George Floyd was killed by a police officer in May. This is very understandable. Police officers like this don;t deserve to wear their uniform. However, there are other ways to solve these issues without defunding the police that protect us every day. If you want to defund the police, who will you call when you are in danger? When you’ve been in an accident? When something really terrible happens and you are afraid? It is a bright idea to offer more counselors and social service workers that are on duty and could assist the police in coming to you during times of need. In the end, we need the police.

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  • Dallas from Kentucky

    We need police. How a social worker is going to stop a robbery or when someone is being raped? If somone is on drugs, is a social worker just going to talk them out f it? what if theyy get attacked, are they just going to sit there and take it? we need authority to keep people safe, not a bunch of mall cops running around dping nothing.

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  • Braxton from South Dakota

    Just let this sink in for a minute, it takes 6 months to become a police officer, while in most cases it takes 7-10 years for a high law degrees. Police are coming out of the academy undereducated about the law, all it takes is that one officer who “thinks” he knows the law. Which is 100% untrue, because in reality they barely skimmed the surface of law. Granted not all officers come out of the academy thinking they are a know it all, but there are some that do come out of the academy with that fixed mindset. I am not saying that it should take 5+ years to become a police officer but the education in the academy should be more rigorous. Defunding the police is absolutely ridiculous, we can’t have a functioning society without them. We can’t treat all police the same because of one officers actions. In the news, it’s not Kenosha Police shot Jacob Blake it’s Rusten Sheskey who made the decision. We can’t attack all cops because of one’s irrational decisions. Defunding is not an option, but better education in the academy is!

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  • Zachary from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police. The calls to defund the police often come with demands to move that funding to social workers and community organizations. While this idealistic movement might work in a perfect, nonviolent world, it most definitely will not work in ours.
    The movement to have social workers respond to domestic violence and suicide calls for service have a fundemental flaw. It does not account for the violent tendencies of the people they go to help. Mental Health First Aid claims that 10% of all calls received by police involve mental health in some way. While under this altered state of mind, suspects may act much more violently than they usually would. Having an unarmed social worker respond to a domestic violence case is very dangerous. Although the idea would be for the social worker to talk down the perpetrator, it will not always work. If the perpetrator turns on the social worker, they have no way to defend themselves. This will only create another victim to a violent crime. One may argue that we arm the social workers, but at that point are we not just reimagining the police?
    The movement also calls for social workers to respond to suicidal persons. According to behindthebadge.com, almost 20% of officer involved shootings came from suspects attempting suicide by cop. The issue with this is that most people considering suicide will hold with them a weapon to which they want to use to harm themselves. If the social workers are not careful, that weapon may be used upon them.
    Instead, the argument to fund the police even more than they are now seems more viable. Most departments have a specific person designated and trained to respond to crisis calls and negotiate. Instead, if more funding was given to the already underfunded and understaffed police, the police could get the training needed to handle these emotionally charged situations to the entire department. This will ensure the safety of social workers who can respond once the scene is safely secured by police officers.
    However, the public cannot ask the police to do more with less. The massive funding cuts for police departments will only lead to worse trained officers, slower response times, and inadequate gear to save lives.
    One may also argue that communities can protect themselves. However, as we saw with Kyle Rittenhouse, members of the community will attempt to bring the law into their own hands. This will only lead to private militia members with little to no training attempting to enforce the laws. As we saw with this situation, these people are not trained to de-escalate, and will cause death, serious bodily harm, and mental trauma.
    In conclusion, the police must be kept in order to keep order in our communities. With increased funding, the police can be what the community needs it to be. However, one cannot expect the police to help the community, if the community does not help the police.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    The police should not be defunded by localities. The police are there to help lessen crime and keep citizens safe. The department itself is not wicked. It is some of the individuals that are within the program that have made bad decisions. If the police were to be defunded, crime rates would rise massively. There would be no one to make sure that people are not stealing and destroying property. If someone runs around vandalizing stores and threatening to shoot people, who will respond to face the threat if not the police? There will always be people out there who do not think about how their actions will affect others. There are always people who make bad decisions which reflect onto those around them. The police are the same way. Just because a few police officers make some bad, rash decisions does not mean that all police officers act in that same manner. The police should not be judged solely on the actions of a few and rather the actions of all police officers.

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  • Molly from Kentucky

    The police act as a fundamental barrier between private institutions and individuals and those who are willing to or inadvertently cause crime. To defund them eradicates a key component of the community. Instead, the allocations from state and local governments are put to better use when redistributed among foci in spending plans for the police. For example, opposing arguments may claim that police officers are naturally inclined to violence, per a study that claimed that 40% of police officers participate in domestic abuse. In response, the question is asked, “How did these individuals become police officers in the first place?”. Extreme and abuseful uses of force in the home are only expected to leak into the workplace, and both instances are incredibly inappropriate. In order to form a more perfect police force, the bar in which individuals must reach to become police officers must be exponentially higher. In addition, those disportionately and negatively affected by over policing in their neighborhoods make the argument that do to over policing, there is over incarceration in certain minority communities for crimes or offences that white or affluent offenders would be released on. The question then remains, “Why are these officers allowed to make decisions on penalty based off of little evidence or appearances?” The answer to this question is a complete overhaul in police training and policy. Certain behaviours that the police engage in need a hard and legislative bar to hold both communities and police forces accountable. De-escalation training needs to become a priority over weapons training or restraint holds. In the end, a more open relationship between communities and police needs to be established in order to maintain a peaceful society. While it is true that there are minority groups who are violently affected by the abuse of force by some individuals in the institution, the issue lies in admittance and training, not in the very existence.

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  • Caleb from Kentucky

    The police should not be defunded. The idea of that is understandable but insane nevertheless. Police officers protect us and our communities everyday. Even though many people see them negatively, there is so much good that is hidden from the public. If anything needs a reform it is the news! The news is corrupt and only allows people to see what they want to show. The only thing they care about are views. The police however, care for each one of us. They care enough to risk their lives everyday. If we defund the police, what will come next? Teachers? Healthcare workers? The military? Because no matter how someone wants to look at it, the end result is that police officers, just like military men and women, put their life on the line. Maybe not as extreme as being on the front line, but it is still a fact. They are willing to lay down their lives for you, me, and everyone else in our country. Our society likes to take the information that is laid out in front of them. Which is social media reposts or the news. Neither of which are reliable at telling both sides of the story. Healthcare workers can’t save everyone. So should we defund them? No, because at the end of the day who’s there for you when you’re in the ER or even just need a checkup. The police are just the same. They can be there for an individual during a life threatening situation or just in the case that you get a flat tire on the side of the road. If someone breaks into your house at 3 in the morning, are social reformers going to be there for you? I believe if we want to keep our world safe we must keep the police. Without police, our world would truly be lost and chaotic. Although I am only 17 I can assure you that I would never want my kids to grow up in a world like that. Let’s keep our country safe, not just for us, but for future generations.

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  • Teresa from Kentucky

    The police should not be defunded because if they are communities will erupt into pandemonium. Crime rates will increase because the police are the ones who put their lives at risk to save us. If there are never any police officers patrolling the streets, then more people would speed, run stop signs, and run stop lights which would increase dangers while driving, and deaths due to crashes. If there is no one to call out the bad actions of the people then when will they stop. There are some police officers who act incorrectly, but instead of defunding the police, we should be giving them more funding so that they can be properly trained before going into service. That way their immediate action is not to act aggressively. If a dog bites someone, you do not get rid of all dogs, you train them better so that they won’t bite another person. In the same way, although some police officers act aggressively, they shouldn’t be defunded, but have more training so they know how to respond in certain situations without force.

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police. Police, sure some good and some bad, are not bad in every way. They are the first responders in situations regarding accidents (car accidents, some injured, a house fire, etc.) and in needs for law enforcement (robberies, domestic violence, etc.). They are the people you call whenever you are in trouble or in a difficult situation. They are the eyes and ears of the world as they watch for danger. If the cop system were to be completely disbanded, then there would be lawlessness and brutality. This is because no one is monitoring the area around them. No, I have not lived the experience many have with bad cops, but I believe they are not fundamentally bad. The police system as a whole needs reform and proper training in situations (this is due to the countless times there was a bad incident with a cop), but they shouldn’t be ridden completely due to that. Police need to learn to work with the areas they are set to protect and enforce. There needs to be reform and changes set and put in place, and maybe other people could work with the police so they could handle situations better. However, without the police would mean lawlessness with no enforcement saying otherwise.

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police because the goal of the police departments are to serve and protect the community, as well as establish law and order. The police rules need to be enforced more firmly so therefore there will not be dismay among the police forces between the citizens and other residents. Personally, the police should be doing good and if they are defunded then there will not be enough support, or even money they need to protect the people. Many police officers use their position for a force of good, however, the ones that do not need to be taken and removed from law enforcement immediately. Racism still occurs moden day and that should not be an issue among our “protectors.” There will always be bad people, but by working towards a goal to correct their unjust behavior will improve the police and there will still be order among the people. Law enforcement cannot just be removed from the equation because that is what keeps many people safe and how our laws are regulated for the betterment of communities.

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  • Zach from Kentucky

    We need police to protect our citizens and our cities. Defunding them may lead to thousands of officers resigning, which could lead to more riots, terror, and the corruption of the economy, and possibly mass murderings, and other horrible crimes that could occur everyday all times of the day.

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  • anonymous from Indiana

    The police should not be defunded. Systemic racism amongst police forces toward African Americans is a huge problem in our country. Time and time again, more African American lives are pointlessly lost at the hands of police brutality. However, violence cannot be stopped with more meaningless violence. If localities defund the police, crime-ridden areas will be affected in an extremely negative way as crime rates will run rampant. The movement for the dignity of African American lives will not move forward from it. If the police are not defunded, more funds can go toward the training for situations where a life could be saved rather than taken. Support for funding the police does not mean that there are not large problems within the police force. It merely places trust in the “good” policemen and faith in more training and reform of the system as a whole. Our police force must be better in many aspects. However, in order to be better, they must continue with funds for training and support.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Defunding the police is a horrible idea. Without structure there is chaos. We have all seen the movies where the police don’t exist or our government shuts down, and it never ends well on tv. Replacing the cops with social workers and mental health experts instead of men or women showing up with guns could be even more dangerous. These men and women don’t carry a badge and a gun because its fun, they carry these items as protection. Having our cops replaced with office workers would be like asking your neighbor to come over and get rid of the armed intruder. They probably would tell you your crazy. The people who support this movement aren’t thinking of the cons, but only are considering the pros. When men and women are raped or someone breaks into your house when you have young children, or your children are kidnapped or trafficked. Are we just going to rely on the social workers to not only help the families in the system but also help you find your missing child? Or when someone is sexually assaulted are we going to just send them off to get the mental help they need with a rapist still on the loose. We would also be taking away the jobs that are supporting a family. It is safe to say this idea/ movement would not work with our country.

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    Although the police are necessary, they definitely need reforms. This can start with better background checks and more time spent in training. The police need to work with the community, not against it. That being said, a society without any law enforcement would be anarchy. There would be no real way to enforce laws and people would take advantage of this. Crime rates would increase and people would ignore the basic rules of the road among other things. This would open up the path to vigilantism and people tailoring the law to their own personal benefit. The police in its current state may not be effective but we need some kind of law enforcement in order to uphold the laws and keep the general public safe.

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police because we need police in so many situations. What we have seen happening lately is not ok. It was disgusting and never should have happened. We have seen a lot of bad cops lately and we have seen the true colors come out of many people within the police force, but these cops are not the only cops out there, along with all of the bad videos of cops, there have also been a lot of good videos of good cops coming out but no one focuses on this. The media only shows us all the bad cops and does not bring attention to good cops because they want to prove a point. It would be nice to have more social workers and that kind of thing, but there are other ways of getting more workers like this than defunding the police. They risk their lives every single day and to have that all ripped from them would be so extremely upsetting. I know far too many good cops to say that I think police should be defunded.

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    Localities should not defund the police because we need police in so many situations. What we have seen happening lately is not ok. It was disgusting …

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  • McKenzie from Kentucky

    All lives matter, not just black. Police are the ones keeping people safe during these riots, marches, and crimes. These movements only want police when it benefits them, however they need to think past themselves. Police continually put themselves on the line and try to keep their society safe. They cannot do it alone. They need the help and support from their community to reform and create a better/healthier space. If America keeps pushing against them, soon blacks will have superiority,crime rates will increase, death rates will increase, and the United States will fall into chaos.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    Localities should not defund the police. This will accomplish nothing for any party. By defunding local police, we are simply taking away possible resources that could help us in crisis. With the controversy regarding police brutality, many believe we should do away with police completely. This could be bad in many ways. Instead of defunding the police, we should be spending our time and money on better training, and ways to make sure police forces are treating everyone equally and with respect.

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  • Wynette from Arizona

    We are a land that needs law and order. I agree with reform but not defunding. We can always learn a better way, but to get rid of it altogether is foolish.

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  • Elisha from North Carolina

    We live in a world right know that cant afford to defund the police. Crime is at an all time high, people are forgetting the difference between what wrong and right. We are judging everyone in law enforcement as the enemy and this is far from the truth there are bad apples in every profession . There are brave men and when who put on the uniform who risk there lives everyday would you be willing to do that . Can you image the utter joyfulness every criminal would have knowing that they would have free reigh on all of us Americans ask your self is that what you want for your family. Defunding the police would be the end of safe communities every where if you dont believe take a good look at Portland, and Wisconsin, Georgiathat’s just the beginning you wait and see we better wake up and soon.

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  • Santana from Georgia

    Personally, I think that local counties & cities should not defund the police. While there are a few bad policemen out there, the majority of our police officers are great people. They play a significant role in our lives. I think that local towns/cities should hold events that gives locals the chance to get to know the people who are protecting them.

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  • Justus from Texas

    The Idea to defund the police has a simple answer, no matter if you are from the left or right. If we defund the police we will see INCREASED Violence, crimes, and less law-abiding citizens. While defunding police seems like a good idea, it actually fuels the problem it seeks to solve!

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  • Will from Minnesota

    Defunding the police won’t do any good, rather than it will only cause more harm and hurt among people. According to the CNN article, “Calls to defund the police are dangerous,” the number of shootings, homicides, and deaths in the large cities that are calling for defunding like New York, Chicago, and Portland, all serve as a warning to if the police are defunded. In New York, according to an analysis by the New York Post, there have been 777 registered shootings in the eight months of 2020, more than the entire year of 2019 combined. In Chicago, there has been rampant looting and a sharp increase in crime rates. In Portland, according to The Oregonian, the city has recorded the highest number of killings in a single month in more than three decades. Moreover, if defunding the police is for minorities, then why did a recent Gallup Poll show that 81% of African-Americans surveyed said that they actually want a presence in the neighborhood for the same time (61%) or more time spent (21%)? Yes, police do mess up. Yes, there are bad apples in every aspect of life, but now, having one bad apple, one bad incident should not compromise the safety of the community, especially with the sharp rate of crime and the wanting of police by the majority of African-Americans. According to my reasons above, that is why it’s dangerous to defund the police.

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  • Samuel from California

    If there is one thing Americans can learn from these past months, police needs better training. There needs to be a reevaluation of the leniency towards officers in the judicial system, better filtering system during the hiring process, monthly based continued education, basic mixed martial arts training, hosted public events to build rapport with local communities and most importantly better training in deescalation. Americans citizens should also be educated at a young age not to resist arrest: if one believes he or she is unjustly arrested, hire a lawyer, bring it to court, demand justice: don’t grab a weapon, make sudden movements, and insult the officer.

    A prime example of the poor education and training of both police officers and citizens is the George Floyd case. Watching the police body cams, we find that Floyd was resisting arrest, not getting out of his car, intentionally falling to the ground, giving a hard time for a crime he knew he committed: contrastingly, Chauvin, whom had many substandard citizen encounters prior, did not act on his scope of practice, using a highly dangerous neck hold, especially when a victim is intoxicated with drugs, as Floyd was with fentanyl. If Floyd had not resisted arrest and Chauvin and his team had better training, a situation like this could be avoided.

    Police department are underfunded: they need money to do better background checks, better training and education. I also agree that local and state government should better fund social programs to help the mentally ill, low income communities, poorly funded schools, etc. Why does that money need to come from the police funding? Surplus is individual to each state, county, and city and I believe it would be more effective and realistic for treasurers in each individual level to find those surpluses to fund these social programs.

    And I want to address those who are in favor of completely abolishing the police force. Who then will confront home robberies, sexual assaults, gang crimes, homicides, drunk driving, domestic violence, illegal drug use or even smaller issues like speeding on freeways and homelessness. The backbone to American freedoms are police officers: that is why they are called Law Enforcement. If there were no police, then anyone can do anything they want without consequences: that will impede on your rights and freedom. When an individual decides to commit homicide, he takes away the victims freedom and right to life. As protectors of the law, I think it is of the most importance that police officers are as objective and reliable as can be: they can only get there with better training, education, and background check which can only come through funding.

    Both sides need to understand. Majority of police officers don’t want to ruin people’s lives and are humans too. Their first priority is their own safety: if they suspect a threat to their own lives, they will act immediately to protect themselves, not spend hours to formulate the best plan that protects themselves without hurting anyone else. On the other hand, police needs to understand that many people are scared of police encounters and may act irrationally. Building trust between both groups is vital: more people should consider riding alongs with police for a day to see how tough it is to be an officer: there needs to be events with police officers and their communities so people can see that officers are humans with flaws but can be trusted. They are here to serve and protect.

    The police department has shown a need for greater funding for training and education. Additionally, there needs to be trust built between law enforcement and citizens to heal and move forward from recent cases of police brutality.

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  • Leah from New York

    Defunding the police is a very scary thought and can leave communities vulnerable to an increase in crime and potentially even more police-civilian violence. Redistributing the wealth that goes into the police funds is what I believe should happen. The redistributing can create new sectors can allow people to be put into situations that they are more prepared and trained for. This of course will take time, so dedicating money to training and education can be a quick solution.

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