Campbell: Reform Policies Do Not Make Police Less Violent

This summer the Austin City Council voted to implement police reforms and reduce the Austin Police Department’s budget by $150 million. On its face, these passages appear to address the demands of this summer’s social movements. The city council voted to restrict the use of force and approved bans on certain forms of lethal munitions. Although the reported budget cut is $150 million, only $20 million has actually been cut from the department’s budget according to the city’s most recent adopted budget. Yet, the passage of police reforms in Austin and nationally is a façade–an empty gesture.  Passing reforms...

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