Here’s why defunding the police can build community and break the cycle of mass incarceration.
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In US news and current events today, DeAnna Hoskins, president and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA spoke about how defunding the police is key to breaking the cycle of mass incarceration of Black people. After the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other Black people in America, the resulting George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, police racism, and police violence have put systemic racism in the spotlight as BLM protesters take to the streets in support of police reform, racial justice and civil rights. Amid calls for police reform and demands to abolish the police, the defund police movement appears to have gained traction. In the face of bloated budgets and surplus military equipment, police have transformed from community protectors to soldiers fighting a war against the people they are supposed to serve. To defund the police means to bring resources to groups and organizations that need it, like social work and mental health programs, not to mention public schools. Defunding the police may seem drastic, but the police to prison pipeline has led to massive incarceration of Black people and people of color in a disparate way.
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