The Effectiveness of Defunding the Police

Incremental reform within America’s policing systems hasn’t been working. After the Ferguson shooting in 2014, where an 18-year old unarmed black man named Michael Brown was murdered at the hands of a white police officer, six cities — Pittsburgh, Stockton, Birmingham, Fort Worth, Gary, and Minneapolis — initiated policies meant to reduce the rates of police brutality and strengthen the bond between police departments and their citizens. Given that every single one of these cities has not seemed to let up on their treatment of minority citizens as sub-human, people are suggesting…