The right wing media and pundits have pounced on ‘defund the police’ as a way to spreading alarm and fear by completely misconstruing what most people see as its meaning. And at this point the defund the police argument has been explained so often I can only take the alarmist statements on the part of right wingers is actually just wilful ignorance – right wingers are purposely been ignorant because otherwise they would have to debate rationally and they know they can’t. They want to keep it simple and simplistic – police or no police But like most things in actually real life things are not that simplistic The idea based on a simple question – What role should police be playing in society, even as their departments are taking up enormous chunks of cash-strapped municipal budgets? Police officers have become the go-to first responders for a host of social problems that might be better left to other professionals, many argue. And it has even pointed out by Police officers themselves that they are asked to function as social workers, family counsellors, or crisis managers. What has happened is the police have had to step in to deal with the consequences of neoliberal policies that defund social services which has seen police budgets to balloon. What is been suggested is that funds be reallocated back to funding social services so the police can get back to tackle the things they should be tackling.