“Defund the police” forces us to think about why we have police, whether the police we now have are doing the job, and whether the police could be more effective – and less brutal! – if they had narrower focus and less funding.
A couple of years ago a homeless guy was sleeping on a footpath on the end of the street. I called the police because I couldn’t think of anything else to do. I would have been happier if there was some social service agency I could have called that I knew would have given the man shelter.