LA To Cut Up To $150M From LAPD Budget To Reinvest In Communities Of Color

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The motion: “policing is not responsible for, nor can it solve unemployment, poor housing, and concentrated poverty.”

Deadline Hollywood reports that Los Angeles intends to reduce its police department budget by up to $150 million in order to reinvest in communities of color.

  • In a June 3 press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that $250 million in the city’s budget would be reallocated for investment “in jobs, in education and healing” for communities of color.
  • In the same conference, Police Commission President Eileen Decker then announced that $100 million to $150 million of this reallocation would be cut from the police budget.
  • City Council President Nury Martinez made it official when she introduced a motion to cut the policing budget. In an accompanying Tweet, Martinez wrote, “as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of [George Floyd]… This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change.”

The motion states,

There is no doubt that communities of color suffer disproportionately from negative interactions with the police. Crime exists where neighborhoods are destabilized because of a system of institutions that produce economic inequity and underfunded schools. But policing is not responsible for, nor can it solve unemployment, poor housing and concentrated poverty… We need to produce a society designed to meet people’s needs.

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