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Defunding the Police and Consequences

One of the big undercovered stories of the year is the flight of current and potential officers from police forces across the country. A case study is what’s happening in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb of some 78,000 that announced this month it will triage police responses to crime.

Evanston was one of many cities that voted to cut the police operating budget after the murder of George Floyd—by 5.36% in 2021. “Just because we haven’t had a George Floyd or a Breonna Taylor doesn’t mean what we have is working,” Evanston Alderman explained to Cicely Fleming in 2020, according to the Daily Northwestern.

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