The summer of 2020 saw mass protests across the United States, demanding that governments defund the police. One of the big administrative responses to these uprising was in New York State Governor, from Governor Andrew Cuomo in the form of Excutive Order 203.
The order offered serious affirmation to what many in America were saying: police departments across the country serve to oppress marginalized communities of Americans, especially black Americans.
Every village, town, and city were required to reassess their police department’s trainings, use of force policies, and consult with the community to change policing.
But what came of this order? We take a look at the differing approaches and results in the cities of Syracuse, and Ithaca.