Bread and circuses, IMO. Too many are addicted to them. But with policing, they're playing with "fire" by treating the decisions for the rule of law so lightly. People need to belly up to the bar, personally, to take personal responsibility for their own safety and security on a daily basis. And people need to seek hard-hitting, effective, and more importantly efficient policing above and beyond what they themselves do (for the investigative stuff people are essentially barred from accomplishing themselves, for all the obvious reasons). Such people who push actual defunding are going to find what it means to have far too few resources for any semblance of protection. May they learn the lesson well. May they finally pull the finger out and take reasonable steps to correct things, instead of what merely sounds good.