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As murders surge, Democrats find a new message: Fund the police

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By James Oliphant and Nathan Layne WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last summer, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser played a high-profile role in the protests sweeping America over police killings of Black suspects. She renamed a street Black Lives Matter Plaza and joined thousands of demonstrators there, many shouting what had become the movement’s slogan: “Defund the police!” Earlier this year, the mayor, a Democrat, proposed cutting the police budget and redirecting money to social services. Now, however, Bowser and many other Democratic city leaders are scrambling to boost police budgets and hire more o…

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