'Defund the Police' dominated 2020. What happened?

Posted on AllSides September 4th, 2021
From The Left
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An August Reuters report found that many cities across the U.S. that cut police budgets in response to calls for sweeping police reform in 2020 have reversed course this year.

The quick reversals — in some cases, involving unprecedented spikes in police budgets — have mostly been in response to a rise in crime. They underscore the precarity of the "defund the police” slogan; in light of concerns among Democrats that increased police presence is needed to control both crime and perceptions that crime is being taken seriously, slashing police budgets has fallen out...

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