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Barack Obama marks one year since George Floyd’s murder with roundtable, discusses ‘institutional constraints’ he faced as president in addressing Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown killings

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The latter point was a nod toward — but not an explicit endorsement of — the thousands of protesters who last year began calling for U.S. police department budgets to be reallocated to other social services. That position, earlier nicknamed the “defund police” movement, has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, as unrealistic and dangerous for public safety. Obama, too, has said the “defund” slogan was counterproductive.

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