The issue of defunding the police is one that affects America at every level.
Locally, In Boston, the vast majority of the highest paid public employees are part of law enforcement, with 530 officers having higher salaries than Mayor Walsh. At the state level, the comprehensive Reform- Shift- Build Act is being pushed through the state legislature to take on the power of the police.
Professor Alex S. Vitale, author of the widely discussed "The End of Policing", will discuss his research on why we need to defund the police and how we can get there.
"The problem is not police training, police diversity, or police methods. The problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in society. The problem is policing itself.