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Despite Push to Defund the Police, Atlanta Boosts Budget in Face of Rising Crime

Rather than keeping approximately $73 million from the Atlanta Police Department's budget, an idea discussed a year ago by the Atlanta City Council amid talks on converting the route lands department police, the city increased the department’s budget by 7 percentage to over $230 million, a $15 million increase that represented the biggest boost gifted to any agency, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Council representatives, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other supporters of the budget say supporting the police department with new dollars and compensate elevates is crucial amid the rise in crime.

But countless regional organizers consider the decision a failure to follow through on refuting calls to reimagine public safety by reducing Atlanta’s police budget by 30 percent and substantiating community initiatives in the wake of last year’s uproar and demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd and others. Nonetheless, Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, said the majority of residents in her chiefly Black south-side district want more police attendance to tackle crime , not less. City officials say the new money in the budgetary resources will money 250 deserted man orientations, retention bonuses and gradual wage increases.

Read more: thecrimereport.org

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