Brookings Institute on defunding the police

I wasn’t sure how clicking this link would go, but it worked out. Fact filled and concise.

What does ‘defund the police’ mean and does it have merit?

“Approximately 38% of murders, 66% of rapes, 70% of robberies, and 47% of aggravated assaults go uncleared every year.”


More importantly, police stops relative to charges and convictions are relatively low. To show how egregious this is, a study of the NYPD stop-and-frisk program found that well over 90% of people stopped by the police were not committing any crime and did not have any contraband or weapons on them. Overwhelmingly, the people stopped were Black and Latino, and physical force was used half the time.

A study using 60 years of data found that an increase in funding for police did not significantly relate to a decrease in crime. 

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