Kemp signs bill aimed at banning ‘defund the police’ efforts

Georgia News

Police officers and protesters clash in Atlanta on May 29, 2020, during a protest in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a law aimed at blocking “defund the police” efforts in larger Georgia cities and counties, saying it’s unfair to “condemn and demonize” police officers.

The Republican governor signed the bill Friday at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office gun range in Bethlehem. The law would limit governments’ ability to cut police funding by more than 5% a year.

Atlanta and Athens-Clarke County officials had last year debated but ultimately rejected plans to cut or redirect spending following racial injustice protests. Most Democrats opposed restricting local control.

A similar measure has become law in Florida, while other states are considering them.

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