Bloated Police Budgets Crowd Out Public Safety Alternatives, Activist Says

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Bloated Police Budgets Crowd Out Public Safety Alternatives, Activist Says

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At the uprisings sparked by the killing of George Floyd last year, demonstrators all over the country were calling on their municipalities to “defund the police.” But calls to take money out of police departments predate Floyd’s death. Oakland organizers have been advocating for alternatives to policing for years. 

“Law enforcement budgets are like the weeds that choke out all other spending,” said James Burch, policy director for the Anti Police-Terror Project and the Justice Teams Network and president of the National Lawyers Guild Bay Area. Burch spoke with “Civic” about the trial and the movement to defund law enforcement. Read Full Article