In the wake of George Floyd’s death, and the ensuing urban unrest, there are increasing demands for dramatic changes in the operation—and funding—of law enforcement. Exactly what this will mean for cities, particularly New York City, remains unclear, but ongoing crime and public disorder suggests the stakes are high.
What happens when cities defund or disband their police forces—as Camden, New Jersey did? How do labor unions influence law enforcement? And can proposed policing reforms be better targeted?