Homicide rates across 34 large US cities increased by 30% last year. If that holds true nationwide, it will eclipse the previous record for a single-year increase.
Proponents see Measure J as a means of achieving racial and economic justice through fiscal policy and hope the model can be replicated in other cities.
Frustrated by the status quo, more and more young people are running for local government, where they believe they can effect progressive change.
Law professor James Forman Jr discusses the dangers of overreacting to an uptick in violent crime.
US cities are about as safe as ever, but police practices don't reflect that, says sociologist Patrick Sharkey.
Beneath the hype, the city's experience is much more complicated.
Author and journalist Jill Leovy explains how the United States has failed to extend state protection equally to all citizens.
City Monitor analysed the past three years of general-fund budgets from US cities that have seen major or noteworthy protests in 2020.