Intelligence Briefing: The Economics of American Policing
Here’s what we have in store:
-That's Debatable: The Economics of Police Reform
-Intelligraphic: The Budget Breakdown: Policing v. Social Service Spending in America
-Double Digits: 12
-Points of View: Insights and analysis from past debaters
Two perspectives on one of the nation's biggest debates this week.
The Economics of Police Reform
Defunding the police isn't the answer:
“In addition, reflexive calls from some corners to defund or abolish the police are foolhardy and dangerous. Qualitatively improving the policing profession, not disassembling it, is the best means to prevent such senseless tragedies from ever happening again.” - CNN
The Budget Breakdown:Policing v. Social Service Spending in America
Law enforcement is the largest budget item for many American cities. The LAPD accounts for nearly one-third of Los Angeles’s annual $10.5 billion budget. In New York City, the NYPD budget totals more than $5.6 billion, surpassing what the city spends on health care, homeless services, housing, and community development combined. But what does police spending look like on the state level, and should we rethink how funds are distributed?
When one number tells two stories.
The number of states where police disciplinary records are publicly available. (Learn which ones here.)
For expanding availability of police records:
Gothamist: New York State Legislature Votes To Repeal Law 50-A That Shields Police From Scrutiny
Against expanding availability of police records:
AMNY: Police union heads claim lawmakers never gave them ‘seat at table’ on new reform bills
POINTS OF VIEW
Top insights and news from the intellectual leaders
who have battled it out on the Intelligence Squared stage.
-Roger McNamee argues that it’s time to hold tech platforms liable for the content users post online. Should you have the right to sue companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube if you're harmed by the content they host? (Read more, Roger’s Debate on Social Media)
-Is 2020 looking a lot like 1968? Military historian Max Boot draws parallels between the two eras and suggests that the American electorate will not reward politicians' "law and order" rhetoric. (Read more, Max’s Debate on American Leadership)
-The U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany, which currently houses more than half of American military personnel in Europe. What does this mean for the future of collective defense? Mira Rapp-Hooper dives in. (Read more, Mira’s Debate on North Korea)