But there’s no precedent for a police-free US, or at least a US where the role of police is limited.
To crystallize the concept, CNN posed three scenarios to experts and activists in the movement and asked how they’d be handled in an America without police.
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
Philip McHarris, a doctoral candidate in sociology and African American Studies at Yale University and lead research and policy associate at the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability
Alex Vitale, a professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and author of “The End of Policing”
The organizers with MPD150 are staunch abolitionists. Cullors and McHarris believe in the abolition of police, too, but they also acknowledge that defunding is the first, crucial step. And Vitale supports strictly limiting the role of police so they’re needed only to respond to dangerous threats.