Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she tells people two words when they ask what a world that has defunded the police force looks like.
The New York Democrat held a virtual town hall last week with constituents and said when she’s asked, “What does a world where we defund the police look like?” she likes to respond with, “A suburb.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been an outspoken supporter of the movement to defund police departments, which has gained traction amid protests and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day.
“Defunding police means defunding police,” the congresswoman said in a statement earlier this summer following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the New York City Police Department’s budget would be cut $1 billion. “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so that the exact same police remain in schools.”