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October 13, 2020

We’ve Already Defunded the Police. But Only the Ones Policing the Rich.
By Zaron Burnett III

Over the last few months, there’s been a growing drumbeat for calls to defund the police, which, of course, has been met with much consternation from those on the right and political center (and even some on the left). But here’s the thing: America has been defunding the police for more than 40 years. We’ve just been defunding the police for rich people. You know, the “cops” at agencies like the IRS, SEC and DOJ — the ones who fight white-collar crime. In fact, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which documents trends in federal law enforcement, “The latest available case-by-case records from the Department of Justice show that the prosecution of white-collar offenders in January 2020 reached an all-time low since tracking began during the Reagan Administration.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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