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Defunding the Police Went So Well That LA Mayor Is Boosting Department Budget

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Just one year after agreeing to partially defund the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A’s mayor and forever bozo Eric Garcetti now wants to increase its funding by 3%. How much more obvious can it be that leadership in cities like New York, L.A, San Francisco, and Seattle have no idea how to protect civilians?

We here at OutKick have tried to explain how boneheaded the idea of defunding the police is, but no one listens. Sometimes society has to make mistakes before they can have nice things.

Instead of protecting human lives with our police force that’s proven to plummet crime rate — L.A. did this:

And that pandering behavior turned into this luscious quote from the Guardian just a few months later:

“In the face of intense pressure, LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, last June agreed to some reductions in LAPD funding. But this week, Garcetti outraged advocates and civil rights groups with his proposed 2021-22 budget, which seeks to allocate $1.76B for LAPD, a 3% increase.”

Who actually gives a rip about these self -appointed “leaders”?

These civil rights activists today are useless to everyone. People like Jesse Jackson and Black Lives Matter leaders cash checks on the heightened emotions of underserved communities. It’s all about emotion, and BLM leaders wield their emotional weapons to pressure mayors of once great cities like L.A. to take funding away from people trained to protect the community.

We never want to see human lives lost just to be proven right, but social media pressure like the black squares or sitting out of NBA games just promotes more violence. We tried to say that a year ago when we refused to engage in the pandering. All these acts were handcrafted to drive emotion and push funds into areas where the leaders of organizations like BLM and the NAACP could benefit.

Los Angeles saw a predictable and unfortunate increase in homicides after Mayor Garcetti’s announcement last June. This mistake of defunding the police cost human lives that we can no longer save.

Here’s what we can do:

Los Angeles, like Portland, is learning a valuable lesson: defunding mostly law-abiding members of our police departments do nothing to protect the middle class or “underserved communities.” If anything, it does the opposite.

NBA players like LeBron James enjoy the safety of police escorts and increased security, so why shouldn’t we? The middle class gets robbed every year in taxes. The least L.A. could do is offer the middle class the same protection they give the rich.

As soon as middle class liberals in California get with the program, we might start seeing a shift in policy over there. At least Mayor Garcetti is changing course now rather than shifting the blame.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. At some point, residents within these communities need to publicly reject idiocy like “defund the police” instead of allow these progressive charlatans to make their neighborhoods unsafe war zones. Its very easy to say you can live without the police rolling the streets of Bel Air. Not so much in Watts.

    Thing is, it was about 30 years ago these same communities demanded more police in their neighborhoods. I firmly believe that sentiment has not subsided within the vast majority of those residents. But the media chooses to ignore their voices and replace them with those of faux “civil rights activists” who care more about protecting criminals.

  2. I think both LA and Portland learned the lesson that willfully letting people burn down your city because Orange Man Bad didn’t stop after Orange Man Gone.

    Either way I don’t think Garcetti or Wheeler saw the light…they were following orders.

  3. Sovereignty comes at a cost that most cowards aren’t willing to pay. Instead they mask up, put a black square on their Insta, and they stick a needle of hogwash in their veins. All so they won’t be shamed on the socials. What a pathetic bunch of spineless, gelatinous pieces of shit our “fellow” Americans have become.
    Believe BLM, defund the police, obey all the non sensical RO RO mandates, gun control, take God out of all institutions. They are slowly invading our sovereignty…sound familiar. Marxist manifesto baby.

  4. How ironic is it that Democrats think taking money AWAY from a mechanism of government, which they worship, would make it better. Nobody should require an explanation as to how taking money from police makes them worse and will cause either even more incidents of unjustified police shootings [rare as they are], or absurd crime rate increases to levels not seen since the 80s.

  5. There’s a big problem coming down the road. These policies have to affect police academy enrollment numbers. When you see that your government doesn’t have your back, most people are going to choose different vocations where they have a better chance of going home to their families. Not to mention the risk that your life ends as you know it when you make a split second decision to defend yourself or someone else and the person on the other end of the gun happens to be the wrong color.

  6. “Forever bozo” Lol! Gary, you must live in the LA area like me. Talk about soft leadership. Garcetti is on another level. He’s almost childlike when you here him speak. Garcetti found out last summer that the mob knows where he lives and they surrounded his house a couple of times. So of course when he is directly affected he shows his true colors. Same with newsome telling everyone to mask up and stay in your house for a year while he goes on with his life eating out and sending his kids off to school. These guys don’t even care that they’re being hypocrites because they’re protected out here. One one hand I hope a message can be sent by getting newsomes ass out of here but on the other hand I know they’ll just replace with someone else just like him.

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