In Atlanta, a glimpse of why ‘defund the police’ has faltered
As momentum to defund the police dissipates, a view from Atlanta suggests more than a crime-fueled backlash. There’s acknowledgment of the good police do, even amid urgent calls to improve.
Social justice activist Kelsea Bond spends a lot of time canvassing Atlanta’s highest-crime neighborhoods.
Her mission: Convince residents that, if core social and economic inequities were resolved, crime would abate and the city wouldn’t need a police department.
Less than a year ago, amid massive social justice protests across the United States, the idea of fundamentally reducing the role of...