A lot of public commentary about police reform is preoccupied with the political popularity of ‘defund’ and whether it has hurt Democrats. However, while the mass movement of the summer of 2020 may seem like it’s in the rear view mirror, the tensions that drove 25 million people to the streets have not been addressed, so the energy remains. Police have killed
This piece builds on data in clear and compelling ways, and ends with the unescapable conclusion that police resistance to reform, oversight and accountability is not merely an issue for criminal justice reform, but is instead a crisis of democracy. Well done.