From Columbia Law:

Although taxpayers assume the costs of these payouts, there is no indication that contemporary policing reforms are primarily motivated by taxpayer interest in limiting municipal spending.105

105. The economic cost of police misconduct is generally discussed as being of secondary importance to justice and accountability issues. See, e.g., Steven Greenhut, Police Misconduct Undermines Justice and Costs Taxpayers Plenty, R STREET (May 30, 2017), [] (“Police misconduct is not primarily a problem of finances. How does one put a price tag on the harm caused to its victims, or to the way it undermines the integrity of the justice system?”)

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