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As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?

Donald Trump has the better approach to Policing Show more Show less

Donald Trump vehemently rejects calls to defund or dismantle the police, and describes himself as a Law and Order president. He has also enacted some reforms seeking to improve police accountability.
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Trump attacks the movement to 'Defund the Police'

Trump accuses Democrats of engaging in an “anti-cop crusade” while violent crime rises in the cities they control. “We will never, ever defund our police. OK? That I can tell you. We are not defunding police”.

The Argument

The call to defund police has become one of the leading arguments of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Democratic states like New York and Washington have already taken steps to reduce police funding. [1] Since President Trump believes that the United States' police force is an essential institution, he has made it clear that he intends to hold states accountable for cutting police funding. [2] The police exist to uphold law and order, making sure that communities across America are safe. Defunding the police would then only serve to promote violence and anarchy. [3] Missouri Senator Josh Hawley also agrees that the police are needed now more than ever, especially during this time of unrest. Law enforcement officers are crucial responders to the violence and the rioting that is taking place across the country. [1] To see them out or defund the police would allow for more rioting and disorder to take place. President Trump has made it a point to highlight that a rise in violent crime has occurred in states that have decided to begin defunding police. [4] It is for these reasons that the President has adamantly critiqued the movement to defund the police.

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Contrary to what the President proposes now, he has argued for reduced police funding in the past. Just this February of 2020, the Trump administration proposed a 58% cut in the federal government’s COPS Hiring Program. The COPS hiring program is a program designed to support police department staffing. [5] The program was inaugurated during the Clinton administration and since seen a decline in police staffing, mostly because it has had a trend of enduring budget cuts over the years. A trend President Trump was contributing towards as of February. In other words, even before the movement to defund the police began, the President has himself been defunding the police.

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  1. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/hawley-introducing-bill-to-raise-police-salaries-but-excludes-cites-that-defund-the-police
  2. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/501701-trump-allies-go-on-attack-over-push-to-defund-the-police
  3. https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article245494680.html
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/us/politics/trump-police-reform.html
  5. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/16/21286669/donald-trump-is-defunding-the-police

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