A great article that addresses our policing methods with ideas that are not new and have had some very effective outcomes.
“Defund” police might have a lot of merit. It doesn’t mean abolishing police, but rather revamping the system so resources are used more effectively.
The summary explains why we should try to revamp our policing on a serious level and it could very well save a load of money and lives.
“That means there will be failures. Things will go wrong. Systems will break down. Programs will fall apart. Violence may temporarily increase in some places. Occasionally, a violence interrupter or mobile crisis worker will be seriously injured or killed.
But our current system already represents a kind of profound failure. We live in a country that has built the largest system of human incarceration on earth, where agents of the state kill unarmed members of the communities they are supposed to protect and terrorize those who are still alive. Where peaceful protesters are beaten in the streets.
The question, then, isn’t whether we are willing to live with failure; communities across the country already live with failure every single day. That failure, at least in part, stems from the fact that police officers in the United States are tasked with responsibilities — from traffic patrol to mediation to crisis response — that amplify the risk of unnecessary violence.“