With murders up 25% in Los Angeles, the city’s police department (LAPD) is being forced to reduce the size of its homicide division and other departments because of funding cuts. LA City Council pledged to reduce the LAPD’s budget by $150 million in response to demands by left-wing anarchists.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will stop responding to traffic collisions, and will downsize its homicide and robbery divisions, thanks to new budget cuts championed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in response to demands to “defund the police.”
The Los Angeles Times, in an article titled, “LAPD to dramatically downsize special units, focus on patrol as budget cut shrinks force,” reported Saturday:
The Los Angeles Police Department in coming months will downsize its specialized units and stop responding in person to traffic collisions and other minor incidents as part of a broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions amid new fiscal constraints.
Although specific figures weren’t available Friday, the reshuffling will reduce the size of the vaunted but troubled Metropolitan Division, as well as cut the air support, robbery and homicide and gang and narcotics divisions.
[The cuts] also come as homicides and shootings soar to levels not seen in the city in a decade, ratcheting up concerns in some communities that the changes could cost lives. Homicides are up by about 25% this year, compared with last, putting the city on pace to surpass 300 killings for the first time since 2009.
Of course, this is not the first time we have seen this. In the opposite side of the country, New York City is also reporting a dramatic increase in gun violence. READ: Over 1,000 Shootings This Year in Mayor de Blasio’s New York City and of course, we wonder why? READ: NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea blames budget cuts for shootings spike