More police presence won’t save communities. Defunding police will.


“It’s time we stop seeing all the reasons to be afraid, reasons to accept living in a police state as our only option, and to instead visualize all of the possibilities. And when the naysayers ask, “Where will this money for communities come from?” I will proudly state: from divesting from policing to invest in prevention; from defunding the police to fund hope instead.  

If we really care about public safety, it’s up to us to save ourselves.”

Last week, USA Today ran an “exclusive survey” stating that Detroiters wanted more policing although their survey did not actually bear that out; our staff attorney Erin Keith, wrote this editorial in response. 

Read the full op-ed at USA Today.