The LAPD staged a rally of their own on Saturday outside of downtown police headquarters in response to the city’s decision to defund the police.
The Los Angeles city council recently voted to slash funds to the Los Angeles Police Department by $150 million and use those funds for community service programs.
The budget cuts dramatically impact the LAPD by cutting overtime pay and reducing the department’s ability to hire new officers.
“What I’m concerned about is that the neighborhoods that will pay the worst price are the most economically depressed neighborhoods. Ninety-five percent of the people in South L.A. are great people who just want to live their lives and not be preyed on by gang members and drug dealers.”
– Rusty Redican, an officer with the beach patrol in West L.A.
Over the 4th of July weekend hundreds of LAPD officers called out sick in what appears to be a “Blue Flu.” Officers are getting fed up with the lack of support from Mayor Garcetti and Chief Moore.