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What Activists Mean When They Say Defund the Police

The killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans have led to an increase in calls to defund or even abolish police departments

A photo of a protestor holding up two signs that say “GEORGE FLOYD” and “DEFUND POLICE!”
A participant holding a Defund The Police sign at a protest in Brooklyn marching down Flatbush Avenue to decry the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images

In the weeks since the nation became engulfed in protests against police violence following the killing of George Floyd — and Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade…

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Andrea González-Ramírez

Andrea González-Ramírez

Award-winning Puerto Rican journalist. Senior Writer at New York Magazine’s The Cut. Formerly GEN, Refinery29, and more. Read my work: https://www.thecut.com/

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