Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides information and resources responding to some of the most common questions and concerns we encounter in our work.
Community-Based Solutions for Public Safety
What services should the police stop providing?
Civil Traffic Enforcement
Police presence does not make schools safer, here's proof:
Reform vs Abolition
Can't we just reform the police? Why do people want to defund the police?
Decades of accounts of personal experience and research have proven that policing actually creates violence, reinforces inequality and segregation, and targets Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities and mental health issues, and labor unions. Many people would rather see the large amounts of local, state, and national resources go towards funding education, healthcare, jobs, infrastructure, mental health care, and other human services that improve people’s lives and make their communities stronger.
Additionally, decades of attempted reform have not worked. Some types of police reform actually end up giving the police more power and resources or create the appearance of accountability without real change, which causes more harm in the long run.
Additional resources to learn more
What does "defund the police" mean?
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If officers are behaving in racist ways, can't implicit bias training help?
Aren't current accountability measures adequate?
Can surveillance technology prevent harmful outcomes?
Racism & Policing in Dearborn
Are the Dearborn Police being intentionally biased?
Why should nonBlack POC care about Black issues?
Perceptions of Police
How do police decide who to pull over?
Can't we trust the police?
A person’s ability to trust the police could be impacted by their personal experiences with police. It could also be impacted by learning about the history of policing, how police treat other people, or watching how police respond to nonviolent racial justice protests versus violent white supremacists. Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to interact with police, more likely to experience violence at the hands of police, and are less likely to trust them. There are many documented examples of police officers abusing their power. Despite a “blue code of silence” in most police departments, even some current and former law enforcement officials have criticized many of the same issues within policing that activists have.