By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, image license CC By SA 3.0, created by Dudesleeper, Wikimedia Commons.
Alderman and activists call for Chicago to cut Chicago Police Department funding. This follows Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s comments suggesting that the Chicago Police are incredibly reluctant to embrace reform. ABC7 reported that the activists’ push continued on June 8. At this time, it does not appear that Chicago will move to completely disband the Chicago Police Department in the same way that Minneapolis appears to swing. However, city activists do appear to have a more progressive justice system in their designs.
“I’m trying to present a new model, a restorative justice model here in Chicago, which includes healing circles, peace circles, peace summits,” said community leader Tio Hardiman as quoted by ABC7. Hardiman appears to support local justice systems that diminish the scale of citywide policing violence and promote a more proactive approach to citizen-police relations.
“There is no way we should overlook the continued bloodshed in our community here in Chicago. People are making big money saying they are reducing gun violence, but at the same time the numbers tell a different story,” also said Hardiman, as quoted by ABC 7.
ABC7 also spoke with city Alderman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez. She has stated that she is in favor of defunding the Chicago Police Department.
“We have to consider how much money are we willing to continue to spend in an institution that isn’t definitely not working for most of us. I think it is a beautiful time to imagine what is possible,” said Sanchez, as she was quoted by ABC7.
ABC7 reports that Chicago Police Department’s current budget is $1.78 billion dollars. This is taken from the city’s total $11.65 budget. This makes the police department’s current budget roughly 10-15 percent of the whole city budget.
Chicago’s citizens and leaders seem to be reaching a citywide solidarity for now. As citywide protests appeared to be peaceful, Mayor Lightfoot lifted curfews.
“The curfew is lifted effective immediately. I know this time in our city and our country has been difficult for us all, and I’m grateful to our residents for working together to navigate this challenging time,” said Lightfoot in an official Twitter post that was published on June 7 at 12:37pm.
In the wake of police reform discussions in Chicago, across America and the Globe, police reform discussions take on heat. The U.S. President was one of the most vocal persons speaking out about police defunding. He strongly opposes the idea.
“LAW & ORDER, NOT DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE. The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!” said Mr. Trump in a tweet that was posted at 7:33am on June 8.
The U.S. President also took a moment to denounce his political opposition’s approach to the current police reform issues.
“Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to “DEFUND THE POLICE”. I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT. I want LAW & ORDER!” said Mr. Trump in a tweet that was posted at 8:09am on June 7.