I recently read an article about the the controversy over “defunding” the Portland, Oregon police department.
Minneapolis has a measure on the ballot to eliminate its police department and replace it with something else that would include fewer police officers.
The debate over police funding is strictly tribalist, culture war, and fact free. To the extent that the actual current level of police staffing is discussed at all, the police say they have staffing shortages, and the anti-police say there are too many police, but no one provides any numbers compared with other places and other times. I happen to have those numbers – and comparable numbers for the U.S. average, New York City and other places– sitting on my computer and posted on my blog. Does anybody care?
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