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ORIGINS OF DEFUND THE POLICE
In the weeks since George Floyd's death, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and three other ex-officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. His death sparked protests against police brutality within Black American communities.
Demonstrations have since been scaled back significantly, but many are still protesting around the country with one message: #DefundThePolice. The hashtag started to trend after the Black Lives Matter Foundation put out a call-of-action on its website and social media platforms. Although the rallying cry of #DefundThePolice is new to many, the idea has been around for decades.
By: Tamika Cody