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It is unclear where the "defund the police" movement stands in 2022 as homicides and violent crime continue to rise in major U.S. cities and officer deaths reach record highs.
Different versions of the demand to "defund" or redistribute funding from police departments to other community initiatives were popularized after the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man killed by Derek Chauvin, a White police officer.
But since then, there has been little change to police budgets in Democratic-leaning cities since 2020 as departments across the country face staffing shortages.
"Most of the jurisdictions who called to defund the police have quietly refunded their police departments. They have quietly asked for more law enforcement personnel," retired Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association and a 29-year police veteran who currently trains officers, told Fox News Digital. "… So, you're hearing a different tone now."
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