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Should the US
"defund the police"?
NO: The US should NOT
defund the police
Our efforts should be aimed
at reforming the police, not
cutting their funding
We need police officers to
serve and protect the
don't want to
defund the police.
As a democracy, the US
government should not
implement policies that are
opposed by a majority of citizens.
Ever since a video of George Floyd’s murder by police officers in Minneapolis circulated across the US,
protests against police violence and racial injustice have erupted across the world. From New York City to
Paris to Rio de Janeiro, protestors have rallied in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and
against systemic racism of all forms.
More recently, these protests assumed a new slogan calling to “defund the police.” To many, it remains
unclear exactly what “defunding the police” means or what it would specifically entail. Generally,
“defunding the police” seeks redistribution of funding away from police budgets and into other social
sectors, such as education and mental health services. Other protestors are more focused on banning
specific police practices, such as a national ban on chokeholds or an end to "qualified immunity" for police
officers. While many protestors ardently support the “defund the police” agenda, other Americans remain
skeptical, citing concerns over their safety or any realistic alternatives.
The core of this issue stretches beyond reimagining our criminal justice system-- it is a question of how
we can allocate funding to structure a world that adequately matches our ever-evolving priorities as a
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YES: The US should defund
More policing doesn't
necessarily mean less crime.
Policing in the US is a
fundamentally racist institution.
Investing more heavily in
other types of programs
could reduce crime.