Don't Punish Cities


Last updated 2/24/2021 at 4:02pm

I am disappointed in Sen. Chuck Edwards push to punish cities that are rebalancing their budgets to move funds from police forces to mental health and other community services.

In hindsight, the “Defund the Police” protest line was not descriptive of the real action needed, and an unfortunate choice. We need to take the burden of dealing with addiction, homelessness, mental illness and other social ills off the shoulders of the folks in blue and figure out ways to prevent these problems before they become violent.

Please think about the goals of this protest, to resolve societal probl...

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