Police State/Civil Liberties

Movement to defund police gains ‘unprecedented’ support across US

By Sam Levin

The Guardian

Activists say the way to stop police brutality and killings is to cut law enforcement budgets and reinvest in services. Some lawmakers now agree.

Protesters rally in Phoenix, demanding the city council defund the Phoenix police department on 3 June 2020.
Protesters rally in Phoenix, demanding the city council defund the Phoenix police department on 3 June 2020. Photograph: Matt York/AP

The movement to defund the police is gaining significant support across America, including from elected leaders, as protests over the killing of George Floyd sweep the nation.

For years, activists have pushed US cities and states to cut law enforcement budgets amid a dramatic rise in spending on police and prisons while funding for vital social services has shrunk or disappeared altogether.

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