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California Mayors Steer Away From “Defund The Police”, Push For Reforms Instead

CBS Sacramento-

Mayors in several of California’s major cities steered away from calls to defund police budgets Wednesday and instead promised to work for reforms that would examine how police do their jobs in communities roiled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said his city of 1 million will look to better define when police are needed on the streets and when government can respond “in ways that don’t require a badge and a gun.” He emphasized he is not considering defunding the police department.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said communities must find a balance between the need for safe streets — the city had over 100,000 911 calls last year — while enacting reforms that address why some residents have come to see the officers sworn to serve them with dread.

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