Los Angeles Is Cutting Police Department Funding By Millions Amid Protests

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s announcement came amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials announced plans to significantly cut the city’s proposed budget to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The announcement came amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 

The city originally proposed to increase the LAPD’s budget by 7% — or $123 million —  bringing its total to $1.86 billion for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, or 54% of the city's general fund. But Police Commissioner President Eileen Decker announced during a news conference Wednesday plans to cut $100 million to $150 million from the LAPD’s budget.

Earlier in the news conference, Garcetti said that he had heard protesters’ demands for justice and had also asked City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn to reallocate $250 million from the city’s budget to jobs, health care, and education within Black communities. 

“We need to make a firm commitment to change, not just with words but with action," Garcetti said during the conference. 

Earlier Wednesday, Los Angeles City Council president Nury Martinez introduced an official motion for the LAPD budget cuts. 

Decker also announced the LAPD would place an immediate moratorium on making new entries into CalGang, a statewide database that law enforcement officers say they use to keep track of gang member history and activity. Earlier this year, the department faced backlash after state prosecutors began reviewing officers’ use of the database. Earlier this year, internal reviewers at the department found officers allegedly falsified records and listed innocent people as gang members in the database. 

The announcements came after days of demonstrations in the city, including a rally on Tuesday where thousands gathered outside Garcetti’s home in Hancock Park. 

Protesters have taken to the streets around the country over Floyd’s death, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck and choked him. Chauvin has been fired along with three other officers involved. On Wednesday, Chauvin’s charges were upgraded to second-degree murder, and the three other cops were also charged.