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Los Angeles Moves to Defund LAPD by $150 Million and Use Money in Minority Neighborhoods

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to cut the budget of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by as much as $150 million and use the money for other city projects, including in “jobs, in health, in education and in healing, as well as communities of color and women and people who have been left behind.”

According to a report by the LA Times:

Those cuts, he said, would be “to 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?’”

Eileen Decker, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, said that effort includes identifying $100 million to $150 million in cuts from the Police Department — something City Council President Nury Martinez and other council members had called for earlier in the day. The LAPD’s total annual budget is $1.86 billion.

George Floyd was killed while handcuffed in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who can be seen in videos with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder. The other three officers who were involved in the arrest have not yet been charged.

The killing has sparked widespread, nationwide protests, which in many instances have, at times, turned into rioting, looting, and property destruction. Hundreds of people have been arrested and injured. One federal law enforcement officer has been killed along with several civilians and numerous injuries among officers and protesters.

The National Guard has been deployed in several states in an effort to keep the peace.

George Floyd protests in Washington DC. Lafayette Square

Many state and local leaders have accused outside provocateurs of hijacking protests and turning them violent for their own reasons. Among the groups accused of doing this are ANTIFA, alt-right groups, and white supremacy groups.