Defund-the-police calls aren't going away. But what do they mean practically?

June 24, 2020

By: Tracey Meares, Phillip Atiba Goff, and Tom R. Tyler

"Three years ago, one of us wrote in an essay that "policing must be abolished before it can be transformed." The issue of policing as a public good is central to the conversation about defunding policing as we know it and the new models of state support for communities that necessarily follow. George Floyd's death has galvanized the defund and abolish the police movements around the country. Earlier in June, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council resolved to "dismantle" the city's police department. But what does that mean practically? And what would take its place?...."

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