Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds to Be Reinvested in Communities of Color
Tom Tapp, Deadline, June 3, 2020
He said he is “committed to making this moment not just a moment.”
He said the city must move beyond police reforms of the past. “Prejudice can never be part of police work…It takes bravery to save lives, too.”
“We will not be increasing out police budget,” said the mayor. That allocation is pegged at $1.8 billion in the mayor’s previously proposed budget.
Garcetti spoke of “reinvesting in black communities and communities of color.”
The mayor proceeded to announce $250 million in cuts to the proposed budget and to reallocate those dollars to communities of color, “so we can invest in jobs, in education and healing.” L.A. Police Commission President Eileen Decker then announced that $100 million-$150 million of those cuts would come from the police department budget.
“We can’t walk to the promised land in a single day,’ said Garcetti, “but this is a start.”