America spends billions of dollars on police annually. Why should we reallocate some police department funds to other community needs?
First, the majority of police funding – which comes out of our taxes – goes directly to officer’s salaries, not to actually protecting and serving communities. That money could be better distributed elsewhere! But where?
Police spending has been going up – while education funding has been going down, especially for Black neighborhoods. We could reallocate some police funds to disenfranchised school districts!
Some have called for reform instead of defunding. Is reform a better solution?
Heavy policing doesn’t lower crime or increase safety. But resources like schools, mental health facilities, and anti-poverty programs DO – and could flourish in Black neighborhoods with funding. We should be the ones to determine where our tax dollars go, so learning the truth is essential.