Is Defunding the Police Safe?

By: JULIA ZARO

There is now public pressure to defund/disband the police thinking it will reduce racial disparities. Although it is unclear what the exact plan is for a replacement. Instead of defunding/disbanding, how about start holding them accountable? In an article by Tom Jackman it says, “We have enough research evidence to be concerned about the immediate impact of drastic budget cuts or wholesale disbanding of police agencies: Crime and victimization will increase. More people will be robbed, more people will be shot, and more people will die. More homes will be broken into and more cars will be stolen.” It is because of this that the defunding of police will increase criminal activity, not solve it. Most are mistaken to think that crime will be magically solved once police are disbanded, but it will only increase.

In an Article by Jacqueline B. Helfgott, “We need the police. The police are the first responders to a broad range of public-safety issues and serious crime. Crime will not end if we abolish or defund the police. If the police are defunded, there will be delayed response when people who are in need call 911, fewer police on the street in neighborhoods and communities, and lack of police capacity to respond to serious crimes that present significant threats to public safety.”

According to Jemima McEvoy, “The country’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, approved budget cuts weeks after protests began—New York slashed $1 billion from its 2021 budget totaling $88.9 billion (reallocating $354 million to mental health, homelessness and education services) while Los Angeles approved a $150 million budget  cut from its $1.86 billion proposed budget.”

The question is, is the Minneapolis City Council defunding their department from public pressure or because it’s the “right” thing to do? According to Vanessa Romo, “The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate the city’s police department, marking the first step toward establishing a new “holistic” approach to public safety.” 

Vanessa Romo goes on to say, “The formal effort to abolish a major-city police department in America and replace it with a different model of safety would have been almost unthinkable even weeks ago and is a testament to the impact of the protests that began with Floyd’s death on 25 May.”

In the end defunding the police will do more harm than good. There is no real plan to this “movement” and most advise against it. Although it is starting to move into action, with already 13 cities cutting funding to their departments.

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