I pray that the City Council and the Mayor to do the right thing. Today is World Civility Day, a proclamation signed by the City of Phoenix Mayor. We need our 9-1-1, EMSA, Fire, and Police. We need the rule of law- defunding only will increase more violence and more deaths. Last night fire downtown is an example. Had they not responded, more buildings would have been burned down. Is that the fate of our City- we need the Police Academy to be reformed. Look at how you are training your officers.
The budget for police needs to be reduced, not increased. Invest that money into community programs that truly serve the community and the issues Phoenix citizens face. I do support those police who truly love and support their community, but the budget needs to shift to services that tackle mental health, education, and public health.
I support the Phoenix Police, but as a concerned citizen of this city, I demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries.
ACESDV calls on you to pass a budget that prioritizes healthy communities and not increase the police budget or criminalization. We are living through an epidemic, not only COVID-19, but also one of trauma that has profound impacts on many communities. Police violence is one of the many ways Black and Brown communities are further traumatized. Criminalization does not allow anyone or any community to heal. This is why we urge you to divest from police, and invest in social and human services.
The Phoenix PD has proven unsuccessful at truly helping the community. I support fully funding the CRB and OAB, as well as redirecting funds to community development and enrichment. Crime will not decrease with higher policing! Instead, our community needs increased access to education and after school care, health care including mental health care, and employment training and opportunities.
The budget for police needs to be reduced, not increased. Invest that money into community programs that truly serve the community and the issues Phoenix citizens face.
We must defund the police. We must address the root causes of how public safety has not been safe for our communities and has instead been terrorizing. We can and must uproot this white supremacist institution of policing and the carceral system. We can create thriving communities without cops. Tragically, the City of Phoenix does not share these ideas.
Please seize this moment to reimagine policing in our community. While I support fully funding the civilian review board, this just isn't enough! Instead of increasing funding to the police, please consider reallocating those fund to community-based initiative that tackle things like homelessness, mental health, substance abuse.
The $25 million proposed budget increase to the Phoenix PD should be invested in the community, rather than our violent police force. Our communities are severely underfunded and have been for some time. We need to create a safer community for everyone by increasing our spending in communities in need, rather than increasing our policing budget year after year.
More money will not fix the problems with Phoenix PD, 2018’s deadliest police force in the country. The additional $25 million proposed for police should not be approved. Further, money should be reallocated from PD’s budget to community programs and social services that will have a more positive impact on the city.
Phoenix PD have proven to be one of the deadliest police forces in the country. Their use of force is unwarranted & irreversible - leaving members of this community to mourn as Phoenix PD wages war on the black & latinx communities of our city with indiscriminate force. It is disgusting and homicidal for you all to even CONSIDER giving Phoenix PD +$25 million when teachers are going on strike and buying their own school supplies. Community programs deserve that money, not the murderers in blue.
I demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries. I do not support a budget that does not fully fund the Civilian Review Board as well as the Office of Accountability and Transparency. Councilwoman Stark - As a constituent of Phoenix District 3, I know that support for the CRB and OAT as well as defunding the police is strong, and we will not hesitate to VOTE YOU OUT.
There is no reason for Phoenix to have a police budget that is over 50% of the city budget. L.A.'s police budget is but 17% of the city budget.
You are over policing us and spending way too much money on funding white supremacy. Time to make a change. We will have to answer to the future, and the future is BLACK.
DEFUND THE POLICE
We demand that the Phoenix City Council not ask every single department to cut their budget by 25% except the Phoenix Police Department. Instead, they should reallocate a $25 million budget increase to mental health and youth programs.
This demand is not controversial. IT IS FAIR. Prioritize mental health and youth programs.
As a supporter of the refugee community in the City of Phoenix and the CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, I support additional resources for social services and the full funding of the Citizens Advisory Review Board.
The city must reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase. I also do not support a budget that does not fully fund the Civilian Review Board and the Office of Oversight and Accountability.
I support the city budget as presented. Do NOT defund the City of Phoenix Police Department. Many of our police officers have been around for budget cuts when this city balanced the budget on the backs of its employees. Public Safety employees still work through the shortfalls in staffing, yet this keeps asking them to "do more with less." We are still hundreds of officers short with many more poised to retire. Community engagement suffers every time you make cutbacks. Is that what you want?
I strongly oppose continuing to increase funding for a police department that has proven to use excessive force on the communities they're sworn to protect. Children and families, especially in the Black community, shouldn't fear their neighborhood patrol yet the city has yet to hold the police department accountable. We demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries.
Please support phoenix police. We need them in our communities.
Do not reduce funding to Phoenix police. It seems we have a shortage of officers. I have lived in large cities that decided to pull
back on funding and create oversight committees. This resulted in our officers being hindered in performing their jobs. In high crime areas it had a negative result. I believe only the best candidates need be considered and properly trained to work within all types of communities. Police must honor their oath and we expect that from them.