Should Montreal defund the police?

There is no single, universally accepted definition, said sociologist Anne-Marie Livingstone, a post-doctoral fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

“It may be interpreted in different ways in different settings and by different people,” she said.

But in general, defunding police means cutting public spending on law enforcement while investing more in programs to reduce inequality and solve social problems, like mental health services, housing and education.

“In essence, there’s a group that believes that some of funding that police receive should be redirected toward other organizations that are better equipped to deal with certain tasks, for instance mental health issues,” said Alain Babineau, a former RCMP officer and adviser to the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR


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