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Phoenix Police Union Responds To Calls To 'Defund The Police'

The Phoenix police officers’ union has responded to calls to "defund the police" by requesting more money and resources. 

Protests movements sparked by the killing of George Floyd are leading to proposals to reallocate funding for police departments and calls to "defund the police."

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Britt London is the president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. He said he believes those calling for police to be defunded are doing so without thinking about how to replace them.

“We think it's something that wouldn’t benefit the community," London said. "I mean we’re talking about community. We’re talking about everyone.”

London said instead of defunding, he believes police need more funding, more equipment, and more officers in Phoenix.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.