Edmonton council votes against police budget freeze, opts to reallocate $11M

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Calls to defund the police service arose as part of a larger community discussion around addressing systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Alex Eskandarkah, who works with community group A Fight for Equity, said the funding reduction is a step in the right direction, but not enough. A Fight for Equity organized an early June rally in Edmonton with more 15,000 residents calling for change.

“I think Dale McFee is doing a good job at facilitating the conversation, but there needs to be more sense of urgency with this,” said Eskandarkah, who is also involved in the community platform The Gifted Gab. “It’s not enough. The good thing is, it’s a start. The negative thing, it’s not enough.”