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What Does Defund the Police Actually Mean

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This program aired Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 12 EST

The recent murders of unarmed black men and women, including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and here in Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks, and the frustration felt in communities of color regarding police violence around black people has led to not just calls for justice and prosecution of police officers, but calls to defund and abolish the police.

This program explored the history of policing, how public opinion of the police is changing and what defunding the police actual means, and how this would affect our communities.

Kiplyn Primus
Host of The local take, Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Alex S. Vitale
Prof. of Sociology, Brooklyn College
Follow on Twitter @avitale

Jesse Kelley
R Street Manager, Government Affairs; Manager, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties
Follow on Twitter @JessDKelley

Devin Barrington-Ward
Founder & Managing Director Black Futurists Group
Follow on Instagram @devinbarringtonward


Here are some resources from our expert panelists that you may find useful as you explore and work on this issue:

Qualified Immunity: Lawmakers Must do what SCOTUS Declined
How Much Do We Need The Police?

Podcast Episodes:
Throughline – American Police
NYT The Daily – The Case for Defunding the Police

End of Policing – By Alex Vitale

The Laws That Protect Police from Prosecution: Qualified Immunity & Police Unions – TLDR News


June 26, 2020
12:00 pm

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100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
Atlanta, GA United States
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