National & Civic Issues

When Protesters Say “Defund the Police,” What Does It Mean?

Abstract:

Protesters across the United States are pushing to defund the police in response to the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Defunding the police means addressing racist problems in policing and reassigning resources away from the police and towards other ways of supporting communities.

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Source:

NewsELA

Published:

6/10/2020

“Defund the Police”: Cities Respond to Demands for a Major Law Enforcement Shift

Abstract:

Officials across the United States are considering scaling back their police departments and redirecting their budgets to other programs in the pursuit of social justice. Money could go towards things like housing, education, and programs that increase quality of life in communities that have been over-policed.

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Source:

Washington Post, Adapted by NewsELA

Published:

6/11/2020

There’s a Growing Call to Defund the Police. Here’s What it Means

Abstract:

Growing numbers of Americans believe that we can survive and thrive without law enforcement as it’s been practiced in the United States. Instead of spending money on a police department, each city’s budget could be invested in the community.

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Source:

CNN

Author:

Scottie Andrew

Published:

6/17/2020

On Minneapolis’ North Side, Residents Question Calls to Defund Police: ‘Is It Going to Turn Into World War III?’

Abstract:

Many people in Minneapolis have been protesting police brutality following George Floyd’s murder. Some residents of Minneapolis think that defunding the police will create harm because violence could increase.

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Source:

Fox News

Author:

Bradford Betz

Published:

6/24/2020

Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer

Abstract:

The first U.S. city police department was a slave patrol, and throughout its history, policing in the United States has been a racist system. Police departments should be defunded, and that money can be used to support job training, counseling, and violence-prevention programs.

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Source:

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

Author:

Paige Fernandez

Published:

6/11/2020

6 Reasons Why It’s Time to Defund the Police

Abstract:

Our policing system was built to reinforce racism in our society. Policing does not keep people safe, and policing diverts billions of dollars away from schools, health care, and other programs that strengthen our communities.

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Source:

AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)

Author:

Mary Zerkel

Published:

6/4/2020

Black Ex-Cop: I Understand the Anger But Don’t Defund the Police. It Could Make Things Worse.

Abstract:

Change is coming to law enforcement in the United States; protests across the country are delivering real change. However, police departments should not be defunded because they can have a strong positive impact.

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Source:

USA Today

Author:

Erroll Southers

Published:

6/11/2020

What Would Efforts to Defund or Disband Police Departments Really Mean?

Abstract:

Across the country, many activists and elected officials are calling to defund, downsize, or abolish police departments. Money diverted from policing could be spent on mental health, cousin, and education, which would cut down on crime and violence.

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Source:

New York Times

Author:

Dionne Searcey

Published:

6/8/2020

Podcast: Is It Time to Defund the Police?

Abstract:

Some politicians like the mayor of Minneapolis are hesitant to commit to defunding and dismantling the police. What would defunding the police look like? What could the billions of dollars spent on law enforcement be used for?

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Source:

Deconstructed

Author:

Mehdi Hasan

Published:

6/11/2020

Video: What Does it Mean to Defund the Police?

Abstract:

Scholars have been advocating for abolishing the police for decades because there’s a lot of evidence that policing is not working in the United States, especially for Black people. Police rarely face consequences for racist behavior and policing is extremely expensive. Communities that abolish the police could use that money to invest in schools, hospitals, housing, and mental health supports.

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Source:

The Guardian

Published:

6/22/2020