On Wednesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced $150 million would be cut from the Los Angeles Police Department and reinvested into the local black community.
“This is bigger than just a budget, but I want you to know we will not be increasing our police budget — how can we at this moment?” Garcetti asked on Facebook Live.
Instead of increasing the police budget, they did just the opposite. He worked with the city council as well as community leaders to "commit to reinvesting in black communities, and communities of color; in those places left behind.”
“I have instructed and committed … that our city … identify $250 million in cuts, so we could invest in jobs, in health, in education, and in healing. And that those dollars need to be focused on our black community here in Los Angeles, as well as communities of color, and women, and people who have been left behind, for too long.”
Garcetti said this would include cuts in every department, including the police. Eileen Decker, president of the LAPD Commission, said she estimates the cuts to the police department to be between $100 million to $150 million.