'Defund the police' the latest ideological battle in the US

A sign painted by protesters stating "Defund the Police" near the White House on June 7, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - First came the rage. Now, civil rights activists and lawmakers are seeking to go beyond the righteous anger displayed at thousands of protests across the country against racism and police brutality, to crafting specific legislation on how to reform police institutions.

But ideological differences are emerging between various camps over how to end police violence and dismantle the racism rampant in many police departments nationwide.

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