Should police departments be cut to fund community programs? | The Tylt
Popular demand has emerged in the wake of protests decrying the police killing of George Floyd: defund the police. While there is a large spectrum in terms of what this actually means, proponents are in agreement in one principle—police budgets should be reduced (some say police should be defunded entirely) and the money should instead be reinvested in community programs that actually support people instead of criminalizing them.
Calls for defunding police recognize that police are overused to address too many societal problems—homelessness, drug use, and many other petty crimes do not require armed police to address. By funding mental health programs, getting people into homes, and actually addressing the root problems of crime, cities will be able to keep people safe without being overly reliant on police.
However, not everyone is on board with this idea. President Trump and many conservatives argue police are an essential part of society. It is an unfortunate fact of society that murders, assaults, and violent crimes occur. Police are needed to protect people.
Should police departments be cut to fund community programs?
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