In the days after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, people on social media began engaging with proposed initiatives for ending police brutality. One of those ideas is centered on defunding the police, and the proposal has created confusion among many who fear the consequences of taking resources from the police.

While critics say the plan will backfire and lead to an increase in crime, proponents say this is the best way for communities to move forward without overly relying on police protection. The goal of defunding police departments is to shrink the responsibilities of police and invest more into other resources in the community, according to NBC News.