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SF, Boston change policing strategies

Posted by / June 14, 2020

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced that unarmed professional responders would address non-criminal emergency calls instead of police. In a statement, Breed said,

“San Francisco has made progress reforming our police department, but we know that we still have significant work to do. We know that a lack of equity in our society overall leads to a lot of the problems that police are being asked to solve. We are going to keep pushing for additional reforms and continue to find ways to reinvest in communities that have historically been underserved and harmed by systemic racism.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared racism to be a public health emergency and diverted $3 million from the police overtime budget to the Boston Public Health Commission. He also said he will propose diverting $12 million from the police budget in the next fiscal year to community organizations.

The news comes as other cities make changes to their police forces. The Chattanooga police now requires officers to intervene in instances of police brutality. A police officer who knocked a woman down (for no real reason) in Brooklyn has been charged with assault. Another police officer, this one in Philadelphia, has been suspended and charged with assault.

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