We’re continuing our #BlackLivesMatter miniseries and exploring what it means when people demand that we defund the police. Annually the U.S. spends around $115 billion on police departments– an amount that has tripled over the past 40 years. So supporters of #BLM are calling for divestment from police as one way to combat police violence and aggression. What does defunding look like? How would it happen? And wait, wait, wait, with less police won’t crime go up?! Tune in here to learn more.
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- Check out this article from the Guardian “What does ‘defund the police’ mean?” that finds that over the past 40 years, the budgets for police departments across the US have tripled in funding amounts to roughly $115 billion this year.
- See stats on police budgets in the city and county of Honolulu
- Watch this fantastic documentary on PBS for FREE called “The Interrupters” that’s about a community program in Chicago that acts to “interrupt violence” in communities of gang violence and disputes, and its efficacy.
- If you have some money, donate to Minneapolis community organization, Reclaim the Block! No amount is too small!
- Calls for defunding police have led to progress! On Sunday June 7, the Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city’s police force after it was decided that it was impossible to reform the police, and instead that community public safety measures would be better.
- Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced that $100-$150 million of the LAPD budget will be reinvested into minority communities!
- Penn mentioned how one whistleblowing police officer was framed as having a mental crisis for calling out fellow cops on their behavior, and was thrown into the psych ward. Well, his name was Adrian Schoolcraft, and you can read about his story here. FYI the NYPD settled Schoolcraft’s resultant law suit for $600,000 in 2015.
- Check out our episode on mythbusting crime where we discuss decreasing crime rates, SOC107: Who you gonna call? Crime busters!
- We also talk about the argument of “is crime/violence a produce of nature or nurture?” here in this episode, SOC110: Violence: Nature vs. Nurture.
- We cited the article, “Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime” by Christopher M. Sullivan & Zachary P. O’Keeffe
- Check out Alex Vitale’s bomb.com book “The End of Policing” to learn more (and it’s currently free as an e-book)!