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

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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 US 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2020, with the headline 'Defund the police' the latest ideological battle in the US. Subscribe