From the Chart Room: Seattle’s Intended Police Defunding — Expected Side Effects

More rapes, robberies, and murders; less inequality from traffic stops

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P roposals to reform American policing are not new. Nor are critiques of the violence American police employ. Ubiquitous calls to “defund the police,” however, distinguish the movement catalyzed by the killing of George Floyd from previous surges of concern over  these issues. But what does “defund the police” entail as a policy proposal? Among advocates and activists, interpretations vary.

City governments, however, have now started to flesh out concrete policies in response to the demands of this new movement. Earlier this month, the city council of Seattle, Wash., voted to enact what one New York Times reporter described as one of

Joseph W. Sullivan served at the White House Council of Economic Advisers as the special adviser to the chairman, as well as a staff economist, from 2017 to 2019.


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