Breanna Champion, leader of the Black Youth Project, told MSNBC the Chicago Police need to be defunded.
Champion said “getting Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign is definitely not the main goal of the movement right now.”
“In Chicago, police receive 40% of our city’s budget to remain operational. That is completely unheard of and unacceptable.”
“One of our major demands is that police be defunded and that that money used to fund police be used to fund black futures, and be used to fund our communities and things that we need,” she said.
The Black Youth Project has ideas on how to spend the money, including “reparations for chattel slavery, Jim Crow and mass incarceration” and “a guaranteed income for all.”
Considering Chicago’s through the stratosphere murder rate, it is obvious the Chicago Police do an incredibly poor job protecting the people, so dismissing them would not be a catastrophic move.
However, if the Black Youth Project really cared about the welfare of the people of Chicago, it would call for an end to the city’s ban on firearms.