If there’s a city in the United States where the Defund the Police movement would take hold, it’s San Francisco. And, now that seems to be happening.
“San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a plan Thursday to redistribute $120 million from the city’s law enforcement budget to projects aimed at helping the city’s black minority,” according to Breitbart. [emphasis added]
“Bay Area public radio station KQED reported:
“San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a plan for how the city will spend $120 million over the next two years, pulled from law enforcement budgets, to reinvest in the city’s long-underserved Black communities. [emphasis added]
“‘The Dream Keeper Initiative,’ as it’s dubbed, increases investments in workforce development, health campaigns, youth and cultural programs and housing support. The allocations reflect spending priorities conveyed by Black residents during a series of community meetings and public surveys led last year by the city’s Human Rights Commission, Breed said…
“Black people make up only about 5% of San Francisco’s population — a proportion that has consistently decreased in the last 50 years — but make up nearly 40% of its homeless residents. Black residents have among the city’s highest mortality rates and lowest median household incomes, and are involved in a disproportionately high percentage of police use-of-force incidents…
“The move was a response to activists’ demands to “defund the police,” which accompanied the Black Lives Matter protests.”
Please share your thoughts in the comment section. Do you agree or disagree with law enforcement dollars being shifted from police departments to black minority programs?