Author Topic: Defund the Police  (Read 14611 times)

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Offline segnosaur

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Re: Defund the Police
« on: January 11, 2021, 06:59:57 pm »
(copied from the other thread)
Except you can't do any of those reforms until you actually defund or abolish the police as we know it.
At this point we're probably going to start splitting hairs when you talk about how you "abolish the police".

Fire everyone, and start hiring an all new force from scratch? Then you have a significant time period when you have no police protection for a few months/years while the new hires get up to scratch.

I have heard of cities that have "technically" fired their police forces, but created a brand new force at the same time, just transferring officers over to the new force (except for possibly the bad ones), but then you're not actually "abolishing" the police.

In my opinion, instead of worrying about defunding/abolishing the police, they simply need to get rid of police unions (or curtail their activities so that they concentrate on employment rights). The problem is that the unions have gotten so powerful that they can influence policy, which allows abuses to continue.
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