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America is treating mental illness and addiction with police, not healthcare

US Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said that “as a society, need to reimagine how to create police.”

“America knows that we are treating mental illness in this country, not with healthcare but, tragically, with police and prisons and jails. We are treating addiction in this country, not with treatment but, with prisons and jails and police,” Booker told CNN’s Don Lemon Monday night.

“We don’t have a society whose structures reflect our values of decency and love for one another. And so, when people are saying defund the police, what I hear from the activists that are often saying this is, that there are better ways to go about it, that actually lower levels of crime and elevate human potential.”