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MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham on Monday claimed the police are to blame for the rise of crime in New York City. Cunningham, formerly a part of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Ferguson Commission, spoke about the reason for the rise in crime and the Black Lives Matter movement. “I think it’s important to begin with the simple fact that all of us —and I do mean all of us — want safer communities,” Cunningham said. “Everyone wants and deserves to be able to walk out of their home, walk freely on the street, play with their child and ensure that everyone is safe while doing so. But what we also know to be true is that defunding the police is not just about taking money out of an institution that continues to prove ineffective. It’s also about refunding the people,” she continued. “It’s about ensuring that the services that people need to ensure safe communities from the ground up are actually being funded and resourced to their full capacity.”

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