Skip to comments.Protesters' demands to 'Defund the Police' take hold; Local lawmakers consider reallocating funds toward community-building efforts.
Posted on 06/04/2020 10:49:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In protests against police brutality and George Floyds death, demonstrators have cried, defund the police. The idea isnt new, but the increased support for cutting police department budgets is.
While the coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economy and government resources, police departments have largely been spared from proposed cuts in post-pandemic budgets, reported Fast Company, which looked at budget proposals in major cities across the country. In fact, cities including Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., are considering increasing the budget of their police departments while cutting elsewhere.
Reportedly, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was initially looking at an additional $123 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year, increasing the budget by 7.1 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the same time, the Housing and Community Investment department budget would be cut by 9.4 percent.
But after nearly a week of protests, officials are now considering $100 million to $150 million in cuts from the city's police budget, the Times reports. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city would identify $250 million in cuts so we can invest in jobs, in health, in education and in healing, the Times reported.
Members of the city council also introduced a motion asking the mayor to identify where those cuts could be made and calling on city officials to look into where those funds could be reinvested. Local lawmakers in other cities, including New York and Washington, are also considering similar actions.
Plans to defund the police center around redirecting functions that local police officers typically execute, including responding to individuals in distress, to more specialized departments. At least 1 in every 4 people killed by police has a serious mental illness, according to a report by the Treatment Advocacy Center.
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Yeah. A defunded police force is exactly what we need. Good idea.
They’re trying to make it sound like the Police do nothing but drive around and Kill people
Canada probably feels they live in the apartment above a meth lab right about now . The left has a way doing that to their neighbors.
They are talking about this in Austin too.
The end of any American city that does this.
Especially after being looted and burned.
I suggest rather than “defunidng” the police we buy them new, larger batons. Criminals often need a hickory shampoo.
I suggest rather than “defunding” the police we buy them new, larger batons. Criminals often need a hickory shampoo.
I am totally down with this experiment
It will cost lives but, people going wild west should serve society as a lesson
(Not really down with it because idiots are rock hard stupid and can’t see cause/effect)
How to turn your city into Detroit in three steps.
Defunding many schools and universities would go a long way in ending this insanity.
Lets consider reallocating some politicians paychecks.
Protesters' demands to 'Defund the Police' take hold; Local lawmakers consider reallocating funds toward
community-building efforts welfare.
Why not change the laws you don’t like?
Whenever I see anyone burning the flag, I ask what will be put in its place. Get rid of a police force, what will be put in its place? Nothing good on both instances.
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