Would you pay more taxes for better police?

Not for Neink / michaelthomas, or for our bros trying to move Wall Street to Miami. 

Was reading about the Ma'Khia Bryant situation and de-escalation. Would you be willing to pay more for 

a) Police de-escalation and community based training, including for racial bias

b) Significant raises for police

The former, when combined with reforms, has proven to be successful under Obama (I've seen quotes for serious use of force declines between 30-60%, though Trump got rid of Obama's consent decrees as part of his "tough on crime" image). The latter is pretty much the only way to get higher quality folks in the long-run.

NYPD is roughly 6% of the state budget. NY state income tax is roughly 9% for the highest bracket. Would you be willing to pay say an additional 1-2% of state income tax for better police? 

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May 4, 2021 - 4:24pm

Are they actually, I have no idea how much cops make. I know they get pensions and probably good health insurance, but don't know anything about salary.

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May 4, 2021 - 6:06pm

Right, would love to see how "de-escalation" works out when someone is attempting to stab someone else. 

May 4, 2021 - 6:32pm

What about forcing police forces to meet diversity quotas? Seems to me that having police forces with demographics that match surrounding areas would decrease the us vs them mentality of minorities and police. Increased funding would just be spent on robot dogs like in NY or other wastes of money.

May 4, 2021 - 10:34pm

Post like this make it seem like police forces are just armies of white people when in reality they're very diverse, especially in larger cities. You could make the force entirely made up of blacks and that won't change the fact that black people chimp out when getting arrested, regardless of who is doing the arresting 

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May 4, 2021 - 9:11pm

It's all public info, but after 25 years cops with overtime can get up to 200-250k then get a pension for 2/3's of their income and health care for life

police chiefs can clear 300-400k all in

i doubt paying them even more is gonna change anything 

May 4, 2021 - 9:35pm

Its hard for me to want them to make more when I grew up around some super corrupt police forces that scammed so much overtime to the point where some made over 300k a year (among other things)...

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