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Los Angeles City Council Poised to Cut $150 Million from Police Budget

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department's budget for the next fiscal year is on the table today, as the City Council will vote on its final adjustments to the 2020-2021 spending plan before taking a summer recess. The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee voted recently to reduce the cut to the LAPD by about $17 million and use most the money to stop possible furloughs of city employees, but during a late-Monday meeting, the committee voted to restore the $150 million reduction and use most...

L.A. County Board Considers Reallocating Jail Funding, New 911 System

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to consider shifting some money and responsibility away from the Sheriff's Department to other county services, potentially using jail funding for diversion and treatment programs. The board also advanced a motion to set up a 911-like system for residents to call for unarmed help. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis co-authored a motion to look at reallocating AB109 state funding from custody and probation operations to diversion, substance abuse...

L.A. County Commission Recommends Significant Changes to Policing

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a report today recommending changes to policing in Los Angeles County, calling for an end to qualified immunity, reallocation of funding to community initiatives, and assigning use-of-force investigations to special prosecutors outside the D.A.'s office. "Redefining Policing with Our Community" offered 34 recommendations the commission says seek to "build a new normal that prioritizes human dignity and repairs the damage done by discriminatory policies and practices." Launched as a part of a 2015 project to commemorate the 50th...

Activists Call For End To Los Angeles Unified School Police

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Activists, parents and students spoke out today in support of defunding the Los Angeles School Police Department, something the Board of Education will discuss Tuesday. A coalition including members of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles and other community organizations, parents, and students said during a digital news conference they support a total elimination of school police, arguing that Black students are disproportionately targeted for arrests. "Now is the time to be bold and take action to defund school police. It's long overdue," said Sarah Djato, a student representing...

LA Committee Moves Forward Proposal To Cut LAPD Budget Up To $150 Million

By Eric Heinz, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee moved forward today with a proposal to cut $100 million to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department's proposed 2020-2021 budget, while community activists presented their idea for more dramatic reductions in law enforcement spending. The committee voted to send the proposed $100 million to $150 million cuts to the full council, which will consider directing city staff to compile a report that would examine how the reductions could be made without affecting...

Los Angeles Activists Call On Police To End Use of ‘Less-Lethal’ Force

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Representatives of Black Lives Matter-LA and the Los Angeles Community Action Network said today they want to end police officers' use of rubber projectiles, batons and other less-lethal force, particularly against peaceful protesters. During a call in front of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters to end what the representatives said was excessive use of force by officers, LACAN executive director Pete White emptied a bag of used rubber bullet shells and casings along with other items he said were used against protesters during the so-called George Floyd Solidarity protests...