Many cities that cut police department funding during the height of anti-police activism in 2020 are quietly restoring the funds and, in some cases, handing out bonuses to keep officers on the payroll.
The New York Times reports an “additional $200 million has been allocated to the New York Police Department and a three percent boost given to the Los Angeles force.”
Moreover, Austin, Texas, which cut police funding in the late summer of 2020, has restored funding and then some.
On August 13, 2020, the Texas Tribune noted that the Austin City Council voted to cut police funding by $150 million.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) reacted to the cuts by saying “Austin’s decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department