Police Funding Up Nationwide And In Illinois Communities, New Data Analysis Reveals

CHICAGO (WLS) — As the national conversation about police funding continues, a new data analysis by the ABC7 Data Team is evaluating police funding across the country and right here in Illinois. Our findings reveal that the vast majority of cities and counties across the country continue to fund law enforcement at the same or even increased rates.

After the 2020 death of George Floyd, the phrase “defund the police” emerged as shorthand for rethinking how police funding is used and quickly became part of the national political debate.

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