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Cities Reconsider Once-Untouchable Police Budgets

New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle mayors plan to reduce police funding, while Cincinnati voted to keep its budget unchanged.

Demonstrators rally at the Hamilton County Courthouse on June 1 in Cincinnati.

Demonstrators rally at the Hamilton County Courthouse on June 1 in Cincinnati.

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The Defund-the-Police push that emerged in the wake of George Floyd's killing has both galvanized protesters in the street and shaken up city halls across America. So when the mayor of Cincinnati proposed an increase, rather than a decrease, in police funding next year, the reaction was swift.

One after another, infuriated residents grabbed the microphone at city council hearings in the past week to blast Mayor John Cranley and demand that his million-dollar spending increase be voted down.