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BART Board Of Directors Votes Against Defunding BART Police

CBS Bay Area-

The BART Board of Directors on Thursday acknowledged the value in reforming its law enforcement agency but declined to reduce or eliminate funding for BART police in the agency’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget.

BART has not been spared from calls across the Bay Area and the country at large to drastically reduce local police budgets following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and the ensuing protests.

Criminal justice advocates argue that police budgets have ballooned out of control in recent years and reducing them in addition to demilitarizing law enforcement agencies and reducing their scope could help curb instances of police brutality.

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