The Daily Populous

Thursday June 4th, 2020 evening edition

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The movement to defund the police is gaining significant support across America, including from elected leaders, as protests over the killing of George Floyd sweep the nation.

Floyd’s death on camera in Minneapolis, advocates say, was a powerful demonstration that police reform efforts of the last half-decade have failed to stop racist policing and killings.

Meanwhile, the striking visuals of enormous, militarized and at times violent police forces responding to peaceful protests have led some politicians to question whether police really need this much money and firepower.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Riot police points weapons as they move through a cloud of teargas at a Black Lives Matter protest in Denver.

But police budgets have not been affected, and some mayors are even seeking to expand law enforcement funding.

But on Wednesday, he said he was now looking to make cuts to the police budget.

Philadelphia: The mayor has proposed spending $977m on police and prisons, which is 20% of the general fund. »

James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

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Mattis reached the conclusion this past weekend that the American experiment is directly threatened by the actions of the president he once served.

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago,” he writes, “I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution.

Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them. »

Asheville, North Carolina, police seen destroying protesters' supplies

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Video shows police destroying medical station at North Carolina protest; mayor looks for answers.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Police officers' aggressive dismantling of a medical station near a protest in North Carolina on Tuesday has medical staff — and the city's mayor — wondering what the department's strategy was.

"The police department officers (involved) should be reprimanded, and we should hear an apology from the chief of police," Jones said. »