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Public Policy Expert Discusses Improving Public Safety, Defunding The Police Messaging

Dr. Amara Enyia, a public policy expert and the policy and research coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives.
Dr. Amara Enyia, a public policy expert and the policy and research coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives.
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Earlier this year,  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 286 into law.

The new legislation bans Georgia counties from cutting police funding by more than 5  percent each year and prevents cutting budgets by more than 25 percent over five years.

In Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Dr. Amara Enyia, a public policy expert and the policy and research coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives, talked with show host Rose Scott about why she feels clarifying the messaging around defunding the police is necessary to combat Republican claims that it’s directly linked to COVID crime.

“The Movement for Black Lives, we use an invest, divest frame for much of our policy work, and that means that we talk about the investments that need to be made that have not been in our communities, in our people, in Black people generally, “ explained Enyia. “But we also have to divest from the things that we know have been harmful and where the majority of resources and funding is going to which is carceral state prisons and policing.”

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.