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US, Berkeley should defund police budgets

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Investing in community, safety means defunding the police

Defunding police departments would be a strong first step to correct systemic oppression, and it would advance America toward eventual abolition of the police.
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Urban Shield is unnecessary and beyond repair

The Urban Shield program does not reflect our needs. In the past decade, rather than confronting terrorist threats, the police department has trended toward facing high-risk searches, arrest warrant services, patrol support and crowd management. The tactical exercises at Urban Shield do not focus on these activities but instead on politically motivated mass violence, obscuring the principle of de-escalation in community crime encounters.
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