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Trust Me, Minneapolis Is Right to Defund Its Police Force

I spent 18 years as a police officer, and I know anti-bias training won’t be enough

Minneapolis police watch the protests outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct. Photo: Star Tribune via Getty Images

When I watch the current wave of protests against police violence on TV, I can’t help but think back to the demonstrations of 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray. I was in Baltimore then, on the streets as an officer in the…




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