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Political Rewind: After Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision, Deconstructing The #Defund Movement
Thursday on Political Rewind, the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case has again raised questions and concerns about police accountability and conduct. In the aftermath of protests in cities across the country last night, we take a deeper look at the movement to reform and reimagine the police.
According to The New York Times, police duties entail a wide array of responsibilities — only about 4% of which involve handling violent crime. Activists and advocates have increasingly called for reform in law enforcement policies, procedures and culture, and for the nation's municipalities to redirect both police duties and funds to other services and resources better trained to handle nonviolent scenarios.
We unpack what "defunding" the police could actually mean and look like, and how that could change the role of police in our communities.
Ceasar Mitchell – Former president, Atlanta City Council
Dr. Dean Dabney – Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Georgia State University
Tiffany Williams Roberts – Community Engagement & Movement Building Counsel,Southern Center for Human Rights
Kevin Riley – Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution