Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, along with Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Curren Price, introduced a motion yesterday to request $100 to 150 million in budget cuts for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The motion is designed to redirect the money to disadvantaged communities and communities of color.
The proposed cuts would amount to a relatively small fraction of the overall LAPD budget of $3.1 billion, but the motion is still a victory for a coalition of activists, led by Black Lives Matter-LA, who have been pushing the city to defund the police department and adopt a "People's Budget" proposal that invests in mental health care, housing and other social services.
Then yesterday evening, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he had directed the city staff to identify $250 million in cuts from "every department, including the police department," to be redirected to health and education in the black community and other communities of color. That $250 million in cuts would include the $100 to 150 million in cuts for the LAPD that L.A. City Councilmembers called for earlier in the day.
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Charisse Bremond, president and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade, a 51-year old community grass root organization in South Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the 8th District, which encompasses parts of South Los Angeles and spans from Baldwin Hills to the border of Watts; he opposes the bill; he tweets @mhdcd8