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As governments nationwide move forward with plans to shift funds away from law enforcement in the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-involved death last month, Los Angeles CEO Sachi Hamai has put forward a proposed budget with recommendations to cut some $145.4 million allocated to local police.
The bid, which would entail eliminating six units from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, earned a sharp rebuke from County Sheriff Alex Villanueva over the weekend.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The budget cuts are targeted specifically to hurt public safety while sparing virtually every other function of county government from any reductions,” Villanueva stated. “These cuts come at a time when jails were de-populated of over five thousand inmates in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that restrictions are lifting, violent crimes, such as murder, are on the rise across the County. Now is not the time to cut vital law enforcement services, that should be the last thing cut.”
The report states that, under the proposed budget cuts, the following programs would be eliminated from the LA Sheriff’s Department:
- Safe Streets Bureau (Gang Enforcement)
- Parks Bureau
- Special Victims Bureau (Sexual/Physical Abuse of Children, Rape, Human Trafficking)
- Community Partnership Bureau (COPS Team)
- Fraud and Cybercrimes Bureau
- Major Crimes Bureau
The following units would also be “drastically reduced:”
- Custody Operations (various units)
- Mental Health Evaluation Teams (MET)
The sheriff’s department is marked for over 400 layoffs, the report states. Sheriff Villanueva posted the following notice on Twitter:
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) June 28, 2020
Tony Schiena, chairman of the MOSAIC private security group, voiced his concerns about defunding law enforcement, saying, “What happens when Al Qaeda, ISIS, or other groups, the general public haven’t even heard of decide to plan another attack? What about white supremacist groups that have been and are a serious threat to national security, now more than ever, decide to go operational with their skilled members in various parts of the US? Fewer boots on the ground with decreased abilities will have catastrophic repercussions.”
@mridleythomas discussing credibility is always amusing. He may want to reread Sheriff McDonnell’s letter to him killing the body worn camera project on February 20, 2018. #oops https://t.co/At68Qgfk2Q
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) June 29, 2020
Los Angeles CEO Sachi Hamai, along with Mayor @ericgarcetti are proposing to cut $145.4 million allocated to local police + eliminating 6 units from the LA Sheriff’s Dept & the Special Victim’s Bureau. How exactly does this save black lives? @LACoSherriff https://t.co/ybksu5CAaX
— David Burke (@ConservativeTht) June 30, 2020
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