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. »