Yesterday we shared our first 5 ways to defund the police and make America safer at the same time. Today, we conclude with the final 5 ideas.
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While calls to defund the police prevail, we must look at concrete ways to do this. One of many is the removal of police officers from schools, which cities such as Minneapolis and Portland have already done. It is not a radical idea that gun wielding officers not be in charge of disciplining children, it is a necessary step America must take.
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 police they are not equipped to handle, and rerouting those emergency calls to those who are. An example of this would be creating a national emergency response service specifically for people experiencing a mental health crises, where mental health professionals respond instead of untrained police officers.
Yesterday, Shaun broke down the first five steps we can take in defunding the police. He breaks down the last five in today’s episode of The Breakdown.