Hollywood Defunds Police as Crime Soars
The Defund the Police doctrine continues to spread, and it will have serious consequences for our country’s safety.
From Fox News. A trendy Los Angeles County community has voted to reduce law enforcement funding despite escalating crime that was up 137% earlier in the year and public backlash….
The budget was approved by a narrow 3-2 vote with Mayor Lauren Meister dissenting as well as Councilman John Erickson….
Over the past few months, residents and business owners have voiced opposition to cutting the police budget amid a crime wave across the county….
Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne amended the budgets to re-allocate funds for sheriff’s deputies to the Block by Block program, which staffs unarmed security ambassadors who provide the city with supplemental law enforcement services….
Erickson said he worries about the trajectory of the plan that was approved and the timeline with which it can be implemented.
“Community safety is our number one concern,” he told Fox News. “When I’ve heard from countless residents about how they want to feel safer, that involves comprehensive planning and something that is not just drawn out over a decision.”
Two deputies will be withdrawn in the fall and the program will be evaluated over six months. By then, the city’s law enforcement presence could be reduced by three more. An entertainment policing team will be restored….
Despite the reduction in law enforcement funds, the council also voted to give $14,000 more to the Russian Arts festival for an increase to $50,000….
Surging crime in West Hollywood has been an ongoing concern for many. That surge includes murder, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, arson, and human trafficking.
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