Activists across the country protesting police brutality are calling for police departments to be defunded. While proposals have varied, it generally means shifting funding from police — which typically consume the largest portion of a city's budget — to boost social programs.
Thousands of people across Wisconsin have turned out for protests calling for changes to policing policies and tactics they say result in disproportionate use of force against people of color. Some activists say lasting change will only happen if protesters also turn out to vote.
Police in Madison and Milwaukee have used tear gas on policing protesters and shot rubber bullets when they have felt threatened. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he wants a full review done whenever he sees a video or an incident that raises questions.
Milwaukee's communities of color have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is the first time the Hispanic population has surpassed the African American population for the number of positive cases.