MSNBC Guest: ‘What We Want Is Divestment from Policing in Chicago’
CHARLENE CARRUTHERS: "So right now we live in a city where the Chicago police department takes up 40% of the city's budget. And that amounts to about $4 million a day. And so while we continue to invest in more policing and hyper surveillance and officer's salaries and pensions like officer Van Dyke who killed laquan McDonald, we're closing public schools. We don't have quality health care, comprehensive health care in our communities. And so what we see is manifestations of systems that -- the same system that impacted the killing of tie Shawn Lee is the same system that impacted the killing of la Kwan McDonald. What we want is divestment from policing in Chicago and investment in the futures of black people and things that actually help materially and they're not some pie in the sky idea, but people need to eat, people need to a safe place to live, and people actually work and live with dignity."