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By Don C. Brunell
Gazette Correspondent 

Defunding police departments is a bad idea

 

October 29, 2020



A couple of years ago, a major regional medical clinic leader announced his support for a local tax hike to beef up the city’s police force and provide cops with better training and capabilities. His rational was two-fold: the Clinic needed police to augment its security and good public safety attracted the best staff.

Any realtor will tell you people want good schools and safe neighborhoods. They want police who can respond quickly to emergency calls and investigate crimes.

Today, the persistent rioting in cities, such as Seattle and Portland, has police departments focused on stopping...



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