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The Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements hurt the police's ability to ensure safety, asserts Derek Hunter of Townhall. Cities that saw the strongest protest action and anti-law enforcement policies by Democratic leadership saw a rise in crime. Alienating police, reducing their funding and showing that their municipal leaders won't defend them was a bad idea. The same politicians that embraced the Defund the Police movement are now reassessing their policies towards law enforcement. Their communities ended up suffered from growing criminality. Anti-police protests pushed politicians to make these bad decisions, which have abetted lawless behavior.

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George Floyd's death caused a reckoning in US society that puts us on the road to properly address systemic racism, writes Kojo Koram of The Guardian. Had it not been for the historic protests surrounding Floyd's death, the policeman that killed him would likely still be free. The Black Lives Matter movement changed the dialogue surrounding race and motivated America, and countries all around the world, to face their problems with racism. Only by doing so can any society build a policing system that is just and free of racial bias. The road to achieving this is still long, but the Black Lives Matter protests have brought us significantly closer to solving these problems.

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