When police departments get defunded, even if it’s not as extreme a defunding as many would like, there is bound to be some kind of problem. After all, the theory goes that the money taken from police will go toward efforts to prevent crime in other ways, but those efforts take years to produce results. At best, you have a dangerous situation in the meantime. I say “at best” because there’s no guarantee many of these efforts will actually work.
Defunded police departments will get the blame for not making everything miraculously better, on top of everything else.
So, it’s unsurprising that some police groups may be taking action. One such group did so in Austin, TX.
The Texas Municipal Police Association launched a billboard campaign on Wednesday in response to Austin City Council cuts to police funding.