Alex Vitale is one of my favorite scholars in the country on how and why we must defund the police. He recently listed 10 ways we can do that safely. Today I'll break down the first five.
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The days of vague demands for police reform and accepting symbolic, empty gestures are over.
This new wave of the racial equity revolution has carved concrete steps towards achieving its goal. Among them defund the police. While this statement sparks controversy, once it is broken down and given literal meaning, people across party lines have found common ground in what a demilitarized America would look like.
Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, wrote a piece for The Appeal providing actionable policy goals for the movement to defund the police. Many of them are connected under a common theme of removing responsibilities from the police force.
As of now, police are dispatched to emergency calls they are not trained nor equipped to deal with. The majority of these emergencies are nonviolent, but are easily escalated once armed officers arrive on the scene.
When people say “defund the police” they are calling for those funds to be invested back into their communities. That being said, here are the first five steps towards defunding the police.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down the importance of these first five steps and how they will create the radical change America needs.