Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a mind boggling decision by city officials in which they are planning to cut the police department’s budget by $100-$150 million in an effort to “redirect” the funding to an area they consider to be more important.
In what can be best described as a state-sponsored attack on the police force, the mayor claimed the cuts to the police department will be replicated across other departments as the city shifts its budget around to gift an additional roughly $250 million to “communities of color and women and people who have been left behind.”
The cuts will hit “every department, including the Police Department because we all have to be part of this solution together. We all have to step up and say, ‘What can we sacrifice?’” the mayor said.
Shortly after Garcetti’s announcement, three Los Angeles City Council members introduced legislation to cut funding from the LAPD’s 2020-21 budget.
LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said in a statement released on Twitter that the move was about resetting the city’s priorities following the death of George Floyd.
“Today we [introduced] a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism. This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change,” Martinez tweeted.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Police Department’s annual budget was set to be $1.86 billion. The move comes as calls have mounted on the left to disband the police altogether.
L.A. has faced some of the worst violence in the nation as peaceful George Floyd related protests quickly turned into hostile riots leading to wrecked stores, attacks on police, looting at will.
Garcetti who initially said that National Guard units would not be necessary, called Governor Gavin Newsome to send in the National Guard on May 31 paired with a city0wide curfew in an attempt to put and end to the violence and restore order in the midst of mayhem.
The notable uptick in policing went far in reducing the violence as officers aided by the national guard were able to arrest hundreds who were found in violation of the city’s curfew orders.
On Monday, Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore held a virtual press conference with Garcetti. in which Moore called out the looters, saying they were “as much” responsible for Floyd’s death as the Minneapolis police officers who arrested him.
The statement proved to be rather controversial and sparked an intense backlash. Garcetti later apologized for Moore’s statement on Twitter, “The responsibility for George Floyd’s death rests solely with the police officers involved. Chief Moore regrets the words he chose this evening and has clarified them,” Garcetti said.
Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after a video of the incident surfaced on social media. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is leading the prosecution against Floyd, announced charges of aiding and abetting in a murder against the other officers involved on Wednesday.