This is actually what defunding the police means. We are proposing to reallocate funds from the police to healthcare, education, housing, social services, etc. The police department budgets are way too high, just like our national military budget. We don’t have infinite resource; we need to prioritize. Where I live, the police budget is by far the highest of any sector -more than parks, emergency medical services, libraries, neighborhood housing, and public health combined. And I’m not very familiar with the situation in Mexico, but in the U.S., the police have historically been used to violently crush progressive social movements (labor and civil rights) and to enforce white supremacy (the first form of policing was slave patrols). We seek to defund and eventually abolish the police to focus on other forms of security and human flourishing that don’t rely on violence and coercion. I’d recommend the book “The End of Policing” by Alex Vitale, a sociology professor who details all the failed efforts at reform as well as the well-documented successful alternatives. I’ve also written a short piece on some of the basic problems with American policing:

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