You may have seen people posting about "defunding the police" on social media.
The "defund the police" movement is about reallocating funds and reimagining the role of police in society.
Several helpful Instagram graphics have emerged to help make that point.
In the midst of conversations happening about how to end police brutality, you may have seen social media posts calling for local governments to "defund the police." But what does that mean, exactly? It might not be what you initially think at first glance.
A few helpful graphics have emerged to help explain the movement.
What does it mean to "defund the police"?
Defunding the police typically means reallocating some—but not all—of the money away from police departments toward social services in a given community, CNN reports.
Instagrammer @auntsarahdraws broke it all down in easy to digest graphics, looking at data on funding for NYC’s police department, as well as where funds went for other vital services to the city, like homeless services, housing preservation and development, health and hospitals, and youth and community development. The thought is that if the funding that has traditionally gone to the police goes toward these other areas and relevant 911 calls are diverted to EMS and other services, there will be less need for police and, hopefully, less police brutality. Check out her breakdown:
Spent some time reviewing some budgets this morning. This is specific to NYC, but maybe it will raise some questions in you to consider your city’s budgets, where most of the funds are going, and what is meant by defund the police. George Floyd was murdered by police who were responding to a call about a fake $20 bill. Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people. Do the police really need to be called for a fake $20 bill? What else are they responding to? Who might better be able to respond? Where can we invest in those services? What are some ways to push leaders on a divest and invest model?
A post shared by Aunt Sarah (@auntsarahdraws) on Jun 4, 2020 at 10:04am PDT
Instagrammer @LaneWood also shared a graphic that points out that sending more funding to police for things like body cams and increased training has only increased the power of the police—not tamped down on police brutality:
Please take the time to read the entire post. Modern day abolitionists are leading the charge to address the issue of police violence in America. It’s important to listen to the voices closest to the problem. When you hear them or me talk about #defundthepolice, I want you to understand what’s at stake, and that reallocating funds away from a system of punishment to a system of care will DRASTICALLY change our society for the better. There’s a better way. Thank you to my friends @wademc @danielnjohnson and @lindsaylaurenne for putting this together.
A post shared by Lane Wood (@lanewood) on Jun 8, 2020 at 11:50am PDT
The ACLU also provided an easily readable breakdown of fund allocations and how screwy they can be:
A post shared by ACLU (@aclu_nationwide) on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:17pm PDT
Defunding the police doesn’t mean that the police force will be entirely gone, points out @Carrujo.
Instead, it’s breaking down the existing system and rebuilding it, changing which types of calls police respond to and putting more money into social programs to help prevent crime from happening in the first place.
#Defundthepolice is not a call to abolish law enforcement. It's a call to improve the police system by reallocating responsibilities and funding to departments (within a new law enforcement system) that may be better equipped and trained to handle certain situations/problems. #policereform #policebrutality
A post shared by Angie (@carraujo) on Jun 8, 2020 at 11:38am PDT
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