A man at a protests holds a cardboard sign that reads, "Defund the Police."

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Defund the police" during a protest march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other groups, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in New York.

Credit: John Minchillo, AP

Monday on Political Rewind, activists have been discussing the role of police in society for a long time. But recent police violence across the country has given the movement to change policing new momentum.

While polls show that the majority of Americans are now sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement, many are skeptical of calls to defund police. But what would it mean to defund and redistribute police budgets, as some activists endorse?


Mayor Rusty Paul — Mayor (R), Sandy Springs

Tiffany Williams Roberts — Community Engagement Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights

Professor Fred Smith — Professor of Constitutional Law, Emory University

Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution