'Defund the police' is not about eliminating law enforcement but imagining something new - 2020-06-08
Smart take on what "defund the police" actually means. It's not about eliminating law enforcement but rather acknowledging how the criminal justice system has evolved to exacerbate problems instead of solve them when solving them should be the goal, and using this moment to imagine something new.
'Imagining something new' is the hardest part, of course, because the resistance to making these long-needed changes is so deeply entrenched. The problem is less institutional stasis than Audrey from Little Shop of Horror — police departments have been insatiably devouring money and spending it on military gear.
It hardly needs to be said who has borne the brunt of the militarization. You can point a finger at broken storefront windows and some looting to argue the necessity but I'm fairly certain that whatever that price tag turns out to be, it'll be many zeros away from what we've increasingly spent to arm police for domestic war.