Defund the police? Police budgets of major U.S. cities

Published: 11:20 AM March 24, 2022
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The debate over "Defund the police"

As the U.S. grapples with how best to allocate funding to maximize public safety, some cities are taking a hard look at police department budgets.

In 2020, "Defund the police" became a rallying cry for some protesters in the wake of George Floyd's murder and other incidents of police violence against Black people. This movement proposes reallocating funding from police departments to other agencies.

The Vera Institute of Justice, a national advocacy group that works to build a more fair and equitable justice system, collected city budget data for the 50 largest cities across the country (and the largest city in each state), and compiled the data on one place.

We took a look at which cities spent the most money, per resident, on policing. These were the top 50.