Now, a bill that might start the work of making police abolition a reality is steadily moving through the California Legislature. In fact, it passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, June 3. To be fair, the word “abolish” doesn’t appear anywhere in AB 2054, which is popularly known as the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (CRISES) Act. In fact, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), who introduced the bill in January, doesn’t see the bill as seeking to “abolish the police,” an aide said. Instead, Kamlager sees the bill as “a positive means to empower community groups that have shown that they can protect their communities.”

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