Eighty p.c of mayors mentioned their metropolis’s police division’s funding was “about proper,” in keeping with the Menino Survey of Mayors, carried out by the Boston College Initiative on Cities over the summer season and printed this month.
“It [the budget] is about by the voters,” one mayor informed the researchers. “The folks spoke, and [the majority] agreed with the price range.”
Solely 2% of respondents mentioned the budgets had been “far too huge,” and 10% mentioned they had been “too huge.” One other eight% mentioned their police division’s share of the price range was too small.
Many proposals that may defund police departments argue in favor of sending the cash to different companies that may reply to sure 911 calls with unarmed metropolis officers – and investing in neighborhood packages, psychological well being and substance abuse counseling and different social providers.
However two-thirds of mayors disagreed with that concept. Solely 33% mentioned they’d switch some or many sources and tasks from police to different arms of presidency, like social service companies.
Solely 16% of mayors mentioned the summer season’s anti-police protests did extra hurt than good, and 69% mentioned the alternative. Greater than 30% of the mayors mentioned they participated in protests in their very own cities, and nearly 40% mentioned they didn’t understand police violence to be a problem inside their jurisdiction.
One mayor, from the South, mentioned he was “supporting rights of protesters to protest peacefully and supporting police arresting protesters that did unlawful actions.”
The survey additionally discovered that few mayors wished “broad structural reforms” for his or her police division and that the majority wished to work inside the current system.
The survey polled 130 mayors of cities with a mean inhabitants of 215,000 residents from throughout the U.S.