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Detroit's recent move to defund police had serious consequences, reporter finds: 'Children are dying'

Over the last week, following the May 25 police custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, communities nationwide have faced calls from critics to disband police agencies or redirect funding from law enforcement operations to community development programs.

Detroit, according to a report, has seen this decade an uptick in crime because of defunding the city’s police department.

The city cut back its police force and funding during a historic bankruptcy in 2014. Funding for the police department has fallen 20 percent in the last six years. Starting salary is $40,000 a year. Wages for cops were cut 10 percent and have never recovered, accounting for inflation. Health benefits for retired cops were stopped and pension payments postponed.

Defunding the police is quixotic.

But in Detroit, gutting police department budgets has helped a downward spiral.

“We don't have enough police as it is,” said Rochelle Jones, a working mother of two. “People are acting the fool out here, and now you know the police aren't going to be coming around this summer with all that's going on. So what are the children supposed to do.”

During 80 days of the coronavirus lockdown, 18 children were shot in Detroit.
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Detroit -- another Dem-run, rat-infested shithole city. Detroit's problems aren't the dearth of cops. It's systemic, blatant corruption.

Nobody there in power gives a shit about kids. Wayne County is just as bad as Detroit.

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