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Police in riot gear stand in a line against protesters next to a message spay painted on the Kenosha County Courthouse in August 2020 after the police shooting of unarmed Black man Jacob Blake. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Force is no substitute for social justice, so let’s dismantle the police

Other agencies or officials can do much of what police do now. So let’s disband police forces and replace them with local community organizations.
Police involvement is missing persons cases is often necessary. (Eric Ward/Unsplash)

What defunding the police could mean for missing persons

In the absence of serious efforts by mental health centres, shelters and youth group homes to prevent people from running away from their facilities in the first place, police involvement is necessary.
Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.
There are currently at least four major calls to defund police forces in Canada. Here, hundreds of people participate in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building in Regina on June 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

A better future: How to defund and reimagine policing

Another world is possible when we defund and reimagine policing as we know it. A review of police budgets could mean more money towards community initiatives.
Protesters march on June 6, 2020, in New York. Demonstrations continue across the United States in protest of racism and police brutality, sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

How police departments can identify and oust killer cops

Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.

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