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Over the past 60 years, more spending on police hasn’t necessarily meant less crime

By Phillip Bump & Campaign Zero

Insight: Intuitively, one might worry that reducing police spending would lead to a spike in crime. A review of spending on state and local police over the past 60 years, though, shows no correlation nationally between spending and crime rates.

Demonstrators calling to defund the Minneapolis Police Department march Saturday on University Avenue in Minneapolis. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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