In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, many Americans took to the streets to demand police reform and accountability. Now, less than a year later, dozens of cities and states have changed policies or enacted laws that restrict the use of violent force by police. Additionally, on March 3, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, mostly along party lines.
Meanwhile, a broader pushback against the “defund the police” movement is springing up in a number of GOP-led statehouses, discouraging or punishing cities seeking to cut police budgets, by withholding state funding.
In this episode of [Un]Common Law we speak with Greg Casar, a member of the Austin City Council, and Robert Blaine, director of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at the National League of Cities. Ayanna Alexander, Bloomberg Law’s social justice reporter, also joins us.
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