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In today’s episode of The Policy Paycheck, host Serena Allen and expert Dr. Erroll Southers discuss policy change in light of the worldwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Who polices the police? How much money are taxpayers giving for police malpractice lawsuits? What does it mean to defund the police? Is America a police state?

Erroll Southers, Director of the Safe Communities Institute

Some of things we talked about ...

Police Misconduct Is Increasingly a Financial Issue

Liz Farmer | June 20, 2018

For governments, getting sued unfortunately comes with the territory. But in recent years, the amount that cities are shelling out for police misconduct lawsuits has become not just a criminal justice issue but a financial one as well.

For big cities, the costs are alarming -- equivalent to huge line items in agency budgets.

Urban Institute's State & Local Finance Initative, Police and Corrections Expenditures

Police expenditures include spending on police, sheriffs, state highway patrols, and other governmental departments charged with protecting public safety.

Corrections expenditures are for the operation, maintenance, and construction of prisons and jails, as well as the activities of probation officers and parole boards.

LEAP National Policing Recommendations

As law enforcement professionals, we believe it is our duty to speak in opposition to police violence against community members and in support of the have of nonviolent protests taking place across the country today. We cannot uphold public safety without earning community trust. Without trust, people do not report crimes, and witnesses refuse to talk to us.

Rethinking the Blues

Although crime rates are at the lowest they have been in over 30 years,1 the number of arrests has declined only slightly between 2009 and 20102 and the U.S. still spends more than $100 billion on police every year3 to fund 714,921 sworn police officers and an increasing number of militarized police units.

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