POLICE BRUTALITY: 2021

WHAT DOES "DEFUND THE POLICE" REALLY MEAN?

  • AFTER THE MULTIPLE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS REVOLVING AROUND THE DEATHS OF PEOPLE LIKE GEORGE FLOYD, THE CHANT "DEFUND THE POLICE" HAS 
    GONE MAINSTREAM AND IS NOW COMMON TALKING POINT

  • ACCORDING TO BROOKINGS, DEFUNDING THE POLIE MEANS "REALLOCATING OR REFIRECTING FUNDING AWAY FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
    TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FUNDED BY THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY" 

    • IN SHORT, IT MEANS LOWERING POLICE DEPARTMENTS' BUDGETS AND INVESTING THOSE FUNDS ​ELSEWHERE

      • A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IS THAT "DEFUND THE POLICE" MEANS "ABOLISH THE POLICE"; THIS IS NOT TRUE.

WHAT IS POLICE BRUTALITY?

  • BIRTANNICA DEFINED POLICE BRUTALITY AS "THE UNWARRANTED OR EXCESSIVE AND OFTEN ILLEGAL USE OF FORCE AGAINST CIVILIANS BY U.S. POLICE"

THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT:

MUST KNOWS:

  • THE ORGANIZATION'S MISSION IS TO "ERADICATE WHITE SUPREMACY AND BUILD LOCAL POWER TO INTERVENE IN VIOLENCE INFLICTED ON 
    BLACK COMMUNITIES BY THE STATE AND VIGILANTES"

THE MOVEMENT IN 2020: 

  • ON MAY 25th, GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED BY A MINNESOTA POLICE OFFICER FROM MEDICAL ASPHYXIATION (BLOCKING THE DELIVERY OF OXYGEN) AFTER 
    THE OFFICER PLACED HIS KNEE ON FLOYD'S NECK FOR EIGHT MINUTES AND FIFTEEN SECONDS

    • FLOYD'S DEATH CAUSED UPROAR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING WIDESPREAD DEMONSTRATIONS, PROTESTS, AND LOOTING. ​

      • MANY OF THE PROTESTS RESULTED IN THE USE OF FORCE BY GOVERNMENT FORCES, INCLUDING TEAR GAS,
        CAUSING SOME INJURIES TO PROTESTERS