Despite the fact, the Los Angeles Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed not to increase police funding, promising to divert any increases to other worthy causes, he dutifully raised his hand in support as the city council unanimously voted to increase the police budget.
The city’s law enforcement departments had originally asked for $11 million, but for some reason the city coughed up $36 million.
I wonder why Garcetti changed his mind?
The Blaze explains:
In the first two months of 2021, Los Angeles Police Department officers have fielded 88% more reports of shots fired than the same time period in 2020. Gunshot victims in L.A. are up 141% versus last year, and homicides are up 39%, according to Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. There were 15 hate crimes reported in Los Angeles in 2020, up from seven reported in 2019, according to the Los Angeles Police Commission.
To combat the wave of violent crime, the California city has voted on Thursday to increase police funding. The Los Angeles County Metro, the area’s public transportation agency, voted to increase police funding by $36 million. The additional funding will go to the Los Angeles Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, and Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department. Law enforcement had originally asked for $111 million in more funding.
Mayor Garcetti was caught up in the Black Lives Matter propaganda that police were bad, unnecessary and needed to be defunded. Some believe such talk did one thing. It emboldened the criminals.
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