Defund the Bethlehem Police Department

Defund the Bethlehem Police Department

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With there being such a widespread eruption of anger due to systemic violence of policing, we are seeing a surge in different options to stop the unjust murders of Black and Brown people by the hands of police officers in communities across America. Even in smaller cities like Bethlehem, we want to make sure that civilians will be protected and prevent such incidences. We ask that the mayor and city council members must defund, and subsequently abolish, the police force in our city. We should instead invest the money into the things that will better our entire community. 

For the year 2020, over $16 million went into police. Only $7 million went into Community and Economic Development, including health with little over $2 million. The Bethlehem police department also had the highest earnings of overtime pay in 2019 of any other department with a total of $500,000. These numbers are very alarming, and we could dedicate allocating these monies to projects that would benefit the entire community, such as housing, educational and social programs, and healthcare.

While abolishment of the police department is the ultimate goal, we must first take steps to hold our elected officials responsible and defund the police. 

Here is also a link to a google doc to directly contact the mayor and city council members as well! We have every right to have our voice heard:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10pM_HbVB4aYsi2CwU9zp1uEzj2fVvmJRBbyNukW4m8E/edit

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