U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 7 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Oakland spent 41 percent of the city’s general fund on policing in Fiscal Year 2017. Chicago spent nearly 39 percent, Minneapolis almost 36 percent, Houston 35 percent.
The figures reflect an accelerating trend in the past 30 years, as city governments have forked over larger and larger shares of their budgets toward law enforcement at the expense of social services, health care, infrastructure and other types of spending, according to a new report from a network of civil rights groups.