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Defund Police Unions, not Police

June 17, 2020

The villain in the practice of retaining bad cops is the police union, not the police management. We should defund the unions, not the police. Just think about it for a minute: Police management has an incentive to get rid of or discipline bad cops. Police unions have the opposite incentive; they exist only to protect the cops. I saw this play out repeatedly during my time on the Phoenix Civil Service Board, the agency that disciplined cops in Phoenix appealed to. No matter how egregious the offense, the police union was there to argue against termination or against harsh discipline. Let’s focus our attention and our remediation where it belongs.

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