LOS ANGELES, CA – The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, levied a challenge toward the city on June 3rd to identify budgetary cuts in the realm of $250 million to be redirected in investing into communities of color, women and “people who have been left behind.”
Apparently, up to $150 million has already been identified and is being cut from the LAPD’s budget.
So less police will keep us safer? When we are in trouble, we're supposed to call a community leader? Los Angeles to slash up to $150M from LAPD budget, reinvest into communities of color https://t.co/Rc6oUQJK5D #FoxNews
— GC⭐⭐⭐ (@etf13) June 4, 2020
These redirected funds, according to Mayor Garcetti, are “so we can invest in jobs, in health, in education and in healing.”
While the notion of jobs, healthcare, and education are fairly easy to envision how funds can be used, the “healing” portion isn’t something clearly defined as to the “what” and “how” of that mentioned endeavor.
Eileen Decker, who serves as the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, noted that somewhere between $100 million to $150 million would be pulled directly from police department funding.
City Council President Nury Martinez had also brought up the idea of extracting funds for policing prior to Decker’s approval of the notion.
L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez introduced a motion today asking city staff to identify $100 million -$150 million in possible cuts in the LAPD budget to be reinvested into disadvantaged communities and communities of color.
— Emily Alpert Reyes (@AlpertReyes) June 3, 2020
The annual budget for the LAPD, as it currently stands, is $1.86 billion.
If the entire $150 million cited is extracted from the annual LAPD budget, that would bring down the monetary resources to $1.71 billion.
It is unclear whether this would be a one-time extraction or an ongoing amendment to the budget moving forward annually.
Melina Abdullah, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles outfit, reportedly feels as though the budget cuts mentioned are not enough.
BLM-LA cofounder Melina Abdullah says L.A. needs to go further with pulling money from the LAPD to fund other services, saying council and mayor "need to know that we’re fighting for truly transformative change here and won’t be bought off with just this minimal amount of money.”
— Emily Alpert Reyes (@AlpertReyes) June 4, 2020
What also isn’t clear is what these budget cuts will be aimed at exactly within the department.
There are numerous ways that these budget cuts to policing could be enabled.
A few possible ways would be a reduction in force at various precincts, altering the cadence of equipment maintenance for the likes of cruisers, dialing back pay increases, eliminating overtime opportunities, or avoiding equipment purchases that were planned for the year.
Essentially, some forms of budgetary cuts can be more detrimental than others for a department – but any form of reduced financing is hardly ever desirable for those tasked with directing funds.
If the budget must be cut, which it seems it does, the LAPD will have to determine a manner in which the police force’s ability to serve the community isn’t terribly hindered. That task is one that any police department would not envy.
Hopefully, the LAPD can adhere to the requested slashing of the budget in a manner that creates the least amount to tangible harm to the department’s mission.
These cuts requested clearly stem from the protests and riots that sparked in California, which started on May 27th, following the death of George Floyd.
Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s report from May 27th when we first got word of the demonstrations reaching California.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Reports are coming in of more than 1,000 protestors descending on downtown Los Angeles as the protests over George Floyd spread from Minneapolis to California.
Protests have reached Los Angeles. This is downtown right now.
It’s all happening.
— Justin L. Hunte (@TheCompanyMan) May 28, 2020
Highways were shut down by protesters before things turned violent.
— Leon Matron (@theaquakid) May 28, 2020
Law Enforcement Today has learned from multiple sources that a Black Lives Matter protester was severely injured after being thrown from the hood of a police cruiser in downtown during the demonstration.
WATCH: Protest march in downtown Los Angeles turns violent. One protester was injured after climbing on a CHP cruiser. A person broke the rear window and the officer drove off. (Video courtesy of ABC 7)
— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) May 28, 2020
Wednesday afternoon, the first break-off protest popped up and quickly turned violent.
https://t.co/V5HmSzJwY6 riots and protests in Los Angeles. Nation wide protests erupting now live. America in turbulent times.
— Real News Network. Global Breaking News 24/7. (@RealNews3362) May 28, 2020
Shocking aerial footage captured several protesters as they surrounded and smashed out the back windows of the California Highway Patrol cruiser before one man climbed on top of the hood.
— John Titor (@JohnTitor33621) May 28, 2020
We’re told the police officer tried to take off in self defense, and that the man rode on the hood for several seconds before he was sent tumbling off the car into the road.
When backup arrived, the windows of that cruiser were also smashed and it was seen fleeing the scene.
— Mehrdad Torabi (@mehrdadt1987) May 28, 2020
EMT’s rushed out to attend to the man, who was pictured lying motionless on the ground momentarily before being taken away in an ambulance.
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