Since the murder of George Floyd, calls to defund the police have risen to a roar in some communities. Ithica, New York, has decided to "rebuild the police."
A plan adopted in March will rename the Ithaca Police Department to something like the "Department of Public Safety" — the official name is still being determined — and will create an unarmed division of officers to deal with non-violent crimes.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Svante Myrick, mayor of Ithaca, about how the changes are going.
This segment aired on May 27, 2021.