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Minneapolis Chief Calls Disbanding His Department "Unbearable"

Minneapolis Chief Calls Disbanding His Department "Unbearable"

The new public safety department could likely still include police officers — though the city would no longer be required to keep a minimum number based on the city's population — and would be under the combined control of the Council and the mayor.

September 1, 2021

L.A. Police Commission's New President Rejects Defund Movement

L.A. Police Commission's New President Rejects Defund Movement

“Our communities of color that are most impacted by crime, many of which have seen the homicide rate rise above 30% this year, cannot afford to go without law enforcement,” William Briggs said in prepared remarks, which he delivered after unanimous appointment by his Police Commission colleagues.

July 29, 2021

Poll: 90% of Detroit Residents Want More Police

In Detroit, 1 in 5 residents (19%) cited public safety as the biggest issue facing the city, second only to education, named by 23%. On a list of eight concerns, police reform ranked last, at 4%.

July 27, 2021

Officials in Major Cities Defunded Police While Spending Millions on Their Security
Oakland City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget by $18 Million

Oakland City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget by $18 Million

There was some expectation that the council would delay the controversial decision but, by a vote of 7-2, the Oakland City Council approved a plan that will redirect the funds from the police department to the Department of Violence Prevention with the intention of improving public safety.

June 29, 2021

Baltimore Businesses Threaten to Withhold Taxes Over Crime, Police Response

Baltimore Businesses Threaten to Withhold Taxes Over Crime, Police Response

The letter is a sharp response not only to the violence of the weekend, but also to the policies of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who earlier this year announced that she will no longer prosecute a host of crimes, including drug possession, public drinking and urination, and trespassing, among others.

June 10, 2021

Austin Ballot Initiative Could Force City to Hire Hundreds of Officers

Austin Ballot Initiative Could Force City to Hire Hundreds of Officers

“Homicides are on track to double last year’s all-time record,” Save Austin Now said in a statement. “Our current police staffing level is equal to 2008 when Austin was 45% as large as it is today. Attrition is harming readiness and response times. Police morale is at an all-time low.”

May 27, 2021

Texas Legislature Passes Bills to Prevent Defunding of Police
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