Since I hate the verb “defunding”, I’m going to use a term both Kamala and Cory used, re-imaging.
One of the broad areas of agreement is that sending police with guns to respond to mentally ill people is a really bad idea.
HBO released this good documentary for free, about the two San Antonio cops Joe and Ernie who are in their mental health department.
TL:DR. Joe is 35-year-old former Marine with a troubled childhood, and Ernie is a 22-year veteran cop who started the department. They save lives, armed only with two ears for listening.
Personally, I think it makes more sense to train social workers to use tasers, but this unit shows there are multiple ways of solving the problem.
If you don’t have time for the 97- minute documentary
Here is Joe TedX talk it is only 10 minutes.
Finally, I want to say the media has important role to play in this process. I watch a lot of cop shows, and while they’ve generally made cops more human over the years. They still glamorize violence, and brutality. Law&Order Special Victims Unit is one of the longest running cops shows and attracts a large female audience. No doubt because the lead Oliva is portrayed as empathetic to the victims.
Some network needs to make a show about cops like Joe and Ernie, because the 6K YouTube views for the documentary isn’t going to cut it.