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The reforms desired by the defund the police movement & friends should be seriously considered.Almost everybody who thinks defund the police will destroy America doesn’t live in a place that NEEDS a movement like defund the police… OR they are among the group of folks who don’t get bothered by police if they DO live in an area like that. Philando Castile was pulled over FORTY-NINE TIMES by police, almost all for minor infractions like a “cracked taillight.” Is this what the police are there for? Just get more traffic cameras. I know white people who drive 80MPH+ everywhere they go and almost never get pulled over.
Defund the police is perhaps an overreaction, but the idea of looking at police budgets, looking at what police are actually doing, and how those things could be done better or more efficiently is just plain good governance. Funny that the same folks who complain about government spending suddenly act offended when anybody wants to look at an out-of-control police or military budget.
Calling it “defund the police” on the other hand is extremely stupid and counterproductive in my opinion. I’d bet most people who thinks defund the police will destroy America ain’t got a clue what is being asked for, all they get to hear is “abolish the police”. Sure, there is absolutely an overlap as well with people not getting bothered by police, but they could theoretically be interested in more efficient use of their tax money.
I get the impression that the conservatives are way better at PR and naming things than groups with more liberal views are. Can we find an alternate name for “defund the police” that is catchy and conveys that we want to get better police and services for the money, rather than getting rid of police and letting criminals wreak havoc?