For Anyone With Half a Brain, Public Safety Is a Greater Priority Than “Law Enforcement Reform”

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In Louisville, residents were more than twice as likely to cite public safety, not police reform, as the biggest problem facing the city.

In Oklahoma City, police reform ranked last on a list of nine community concerns.

In neither place did more than a fraction support the progressives’ slogan to “defund the police.”

National public opinion surveys of law enforcement are supportive beating out most institutions and stating that, regardless of demographics, most people trust cops.

A comparison of views in Louisville, Kentucky, and Oklahoma City helps explain why changing the way law enforcement works has proved to be so difficult even in the wake of last year’s nationwide protests.

Louisville has been driven by scrutiny and protests since Breonna Taylor was killed in March 2020 by police officers who used a no-knock warrant to break into her apartment while she slept.

In contrast, Oklahoma City continues to register wide public approval of the police even though the state has the highest mortality rate from police violence in the country.

But while the two cities have different assessments about whether there’s a problem that needs fixing, residents in both worry more about rising crime than police misconduct. In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University CityView polls, they place public safety as a priority well above law enforcement reform.

In Louisville, residents were more than twice as likely to cite public safety, not police reform, as the biggest problem facing the city.

In Oklahoma City, police reform ranked last on a list of nine community concerns. In neither place did more than a fraction support the progressives’ slogan to “defund the police.”

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