“There needs to be some defunding, but if it means officers will not be able to get into these underserved communities to develop a relationship with them, then I think we’re going to find out we’re going to have another set of issues coming up in the near future,” Witherspoon said.
“When you don’t understand someone, you misunderstand them,” he added.
Witherspoon said he supports pushing forward on legislative changes rather than the 50% in defunding many activists are calling for.
“What we have to do is change the laws and get systems changed so that even if you’re racist, you can be exposed. And that’s really where we’re going to start seeing the needle move,” Witherspoon said.
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