Los Angeles police announced that the homicide rate increased by 250 percent last week following the national turmoil following George Floyd’s death, and just as Los Angeles officials announced plans to cut the city’s police budget by up to $ 150 million to lower.
The LAPD announced that, compared to the previous week, “murders increased by 250% and casualties increased by 56%” from May 31 to June 6. The department also said the city had seen four separate shootings – one of which resulted in a murder – in the past 24 hours.
Murders increased by 250% in the week of 6/31 to 6/6, and casualties increased by 56% compared to the previous week.
Four shootings have been seen in the last 24 hours, one of which resulted in a murder. Detectives follow directions to identify and arrest the suspects, but we also ask for your help pic.twitter.com/UXwZD7pPze
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) June 9, 2020
Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city would identify “$ 250 million in cutbacks so we can invest in jobs, health, education and healing” for women and minority communities, especially the black community. President of the L.A. Police Commission, Eileen Decker, subsequently revealed that $ 100 million would be reduced to $ 150 million in the police budget.
Garcetti said there would be cutbacks in every department, including the police, because we must all be part of this solution together. We should all go a step further and say, “What can we sacrifice?” billion to $ 1.86 billion.
The city’s police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, responded to the announcement by warning that the cuts would not make the city safer.
“What you need to do is ask the people of Los Angeles,” Do they like to cut $ 150 million from the police budget? “I would say no.” Can you imagine if that money were cut and the same situation occurred in a year or two? I think it would be ten times worse, ”Detective Jamie McBride, a member of the union’s board of directors, said in response to the news.