“Defund the police” is a slogan that supports divesting funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education, healthcare and other community resources.
There are good police and bad police, just as there are good priests and bad priests, good pastors/bad pastors, good people and bad people. We should spend money on adding mental health workers to train officers and work alongside them for certain cases. We should also have a no tolerance for any officer showing violence against any citizen except in cases of self defense. Officers should be made to have a body cam on at all times to protect them and citizens. Any officer not wearing a cam and/or in any act of violence should be fired and lose their pension. If officers know this ahead of time it will weed out the bad ones. I’m a white, moderate, and I am distraught over the black lives lost...and how soon they are forgotten and we just move on. This has to stop! We need police, but we need GOOD police.
You are going to have a lot of problems with your body cam malfunction/lost pension. Unions will still exist.
I am distraught over all lives lost unjustly to police brutality, I don't care about the color of the victims skin. A human life should not be valued at race.
I will also say it is not as big a problem on this country as the media wants you to think. "White officer shoots black man" draws ratings because it stirs emotions and ultimately capitalizes and politicizes issues then powers that be know they can use to manipulate is into frenzy.
It's imperative we all use common sense and objective reasoning when reading about these stories instead of letting our emotions run wild.
Not only that, but officers should also be required to take none-lethal, hand to hand disarmament/combat to seduce a violent criminal without causing serious injury. The people should also be required to attend mandatory education classes at least 2 a week every week, to help educate them about what to do in situations in which they are needed.
Funding should be increased for the police only if the training of police officers is significantly improved and every year police officers take a psychological test as well as physical tests like exercise and aim and training with a firearm.
I think we shouldn't get rid of the police but we should try and fire the people who have these badges and who use them to raise fear in certain people and take a better look at who we are hiring to keep our communities safe and not terrorize them.
I wouldn't say "defund" the police, but "reform" the police would be better, they need way more training, and they need to be personally checked to see if they have any discriminatory ideologies towards anyone before becoming a police officer.
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