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De-funding the Police
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One of the most publicized demands from the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter is called the ‘Breathe Act’ in honor of George Perry Floyd. This sweeping legislative would change almost all aspect of community policing. It calls for funds to be re-directed from police functions directly into community resources and alternative emergency response models—not clearly defined in the ‘Act’. Divesting-Investing advocates argue the police have no role in maintaining safe streets.

According to Princeton sociologist Patrick Sharkey, “the best scientific evidence available shows that police are effective in reducing violence”. And there is lots of strong evidence to support his claim. “One of the most robust, most uncomfortable findings in criminology is that putting more officers on the street leads to less violent crime. We know this from randomized experiments involving ‘hot spots policing’ and natural experiments in which more officers were brought to the streets because of something other than crime — a shift in the terror alert level or the timing of a federal grant — and violent crime fell.”

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