Police forces are worried because people are organizing to hit them where it hurts: their wallets. Calls to defund the police, and reallocate funding to underfunded areas like housing, education, and healthcare, have been met with some particularly wild - and racist - responses.
In Seattle, the police department has responded with an ultimatum: if they have to let officers go, they’ll essentially fire Black, Indigenous, and other officers of color first! There’s a deeper message in this veiled threat to Black officers.
As departments around the country make threats, ultimatums, and pleas to not receive cuts, we need to remember that police have long had MORE than enough money.
Police budgets are enormous, and that money has gone to forces that kill us for far too long! We can’t let their threats stop this movement.