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The big picture: How police brutality drives cities into debt

Police officers arresting someone after a police brutality protest
Police arresting a protestor against police brutality. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A new study has found that police brutality in cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Milwaukee has cost taxpayers $1.87 billion by accruing bonds from financial institutions.

The big picture: Beyond the ethical and legal issues it presents, police brutality and misconduct is also a financial problem, and communities across the country are left to pick up the tab.