LA City Council Must Cut Police Budget & Invest in Social Services

LA City Council Must Cut Police Budget & Invest in Social Services

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Julie Brod started this petition to LA City Council and

 

Earlier this year, the LA City Council cut $150 million dollars from LAPDs annual budget. That number seems large, until you realize that the LAPD has an $1.8 billion dollar operating budget.

With the starving of funds for social programs, police are often tasked with responding to issues involving homelessness, non-violent crimes, mental health issues, etc. 

Herb Wesson, the first African American president of the Los Angeles City Council, has noted that LAPD, may not be, "Best equipped to respond to non-emergency situations." 

Police brutality and the killings of unarmed, non-violent citizens (who are disproportionately people of color) must end. 

Police presence in non-criminal situations needs to be replaced with unarmed social service professionals, such as medical workers, mental health workers, homeless outreach workers, and others with specialized training.

Public health and safety will be best served if LAPD's budget is further pared back, and the money saved is shifted from the police budget to fund support services for Los Angeles' most marginalized communities. 

Crime results from a lack of safety and opportunity. By providing housing, employment, education, mental health, and addiction relief programs to Angelenos (especially to low-income neighborhoods, disproportionally made up of people of color), we can build a safer, more equitable Los Angeles.

 

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