L.A. Crime Rate Skyrockets And Mayor Practically Aids Criminals In Response
Los Angelos like many cities across the United States is experiencing a rise in crime that can likely be traced back to some "peaceful protests." L.A. specifically is claiming that they have seen a 250% hike in homicides during the first week of June. So you'd think the mayor would want to beef up the police or get more bodies patrolling the streets, but that would make sense and that's just not what blue states do. In light of this sudden spike of homicides, Mayor Garcetti has buckled to the defund police movement and redirected funds meant for law enforcement.
" The Los Angeles Police Department was set to receive a large increase in its annual budget from $1.189 billion last year to $1.86 billion (most of the budget increases were for new police bonuses) for 2020-2021 before Garcetti axed that move Wednesday, cutting $100-$150 million — only after activists rallied outside of his home."
"Garcetti called the Floyd protests "a movement to change who we are in America when it comes to black America and our criminal justice system” during a daily news briefing this week."
"Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday applauded Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to slash police funding by $150 million but stopped short of saying she backed the “defund the police” movement.
“I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe,” Harris said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I applaud Mayor Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”
“Right now, what we’re seeing in America is many cities spend over one-third of their entire city budget on policing but meanwhile we’ve been defunding public schools for years in America,” the California lawmaker continued."
"The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank and file officers, warned that budget cuts in policing could lead to more crime and slower 911 response times."
A slower response time is exactly what a city plagued by rioting and looting needs... How can Dems think this is the time to start defunding the police? How do they not see the problem here?