Chicago, NY, LA all stand out as places where the PD have unspeakable power and have been allowed to run wild, despite proving every day they are corrupt and unfit for the job. These cities also seem like the prime places to start the ball rolling on defunding. The police are actually required for only 1/20 calls that they receive, and so their funding could be cut proportionally. NYPD has a $6B budget. What could New York do with $5.7B a year in budget? Solve homelessness? Improve public schools? Retire Rikers Island in favor of a humane jail system? Create enough parking so that you don’t need to sell a kidney to park within 10 blocks of your destination?
The answer is yes to all of the above.