Alondra Cano wrote an opinion piece about the Minneapolis City Council’s decision to defund police for USA Today. You can read it here
Retired Deputy Chief Wayne C Harris outlined his opposition to defunding the police in Rochester’s daily newspaper, the Democrat and Chronicle. You can read it here
In the debate Alondra says the history and foundation of police systems in the United States are rooted in slavery and colonialism. You can learn more about the history of racism and the police here.
Alondra defines her position on defunding police as abolitionist. You can learn more about the abolitionist perspective here
Retired Deputy Chief Wayne Harris refers to police department open data portals as a key transparency measure that will help police and communities work better together. The open data portal at the Rochester Police Department, where Deputy Chief Harris worked, is available here
The Vera Institute of Justice offers a database with illuminating statistics on policing in the United States. For example, an arrest takes place every three seconds, but fewer than 5% of these arrests are for serious violent crimes. You can access the database here
Deputy Chief Wayne Harris pointed to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st
Century Policing as an excellent guide for police reform. You can read the report here.
The leaders of the report discuss its impact and success in the wake of the Defund Police protests here.
In the debate Alondra Cano and Deputy Chief Wayne Harris discussed the current role of police in responding to situations involving mental health. The Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently issued a statement advocating that mental health experts and not the police should be the first to respond when individuals are in crisis in the community. You can read the statement here