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BECAUSEBECAUSEBECAUSEBECAUSEBECAUSEBECAUSEShould the US"defund the police"?You decide!1.1NO: The US should NOTdefund the police1.4Our efforts should be aimedat reforming the police, notcutting their funding2.4We need police officers toserve and protect theAmerican public.2.5Most Americansdon't want todefund the police.2.6As a democracy, the USgovernment should notimplement policies that areopposed by a majority of citizens.2.7BACKGROUND: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 toParis to Rio de Janeiro, protestors have rallied in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement andagainst systemic racism of all forms.More recently, these protests assumed a new slogan calling to “defund the police.” To many, it remainsunclear 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 socialsectors, such as education and mental health services. Other protestors are more focused on banningspecific police practices, such as a national ban on chokeholds or an end to "qualified immunity" for policeofficers. While many protestors ardently support the “defund the police” agenda, other Americans remainskeptical, 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 howwe can allocate funding to structure a world that adequately matches our ever-evolving priorities as asociety.1.3Double-click the boxes to unfold thearguments underneath!YES: The US should defundthe police1.2More policing doesn'tnecessarily mean less crime.2.1Policing in the US is afundamentally racist institution.2.2Investing more heavily inother types of programscould reduce crime.2.3

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