Los Angeles was one of the first cities to jump on the idea that defunding the police could be pursued seriously.
Within two weeks of George Floyd’s death in May, the Los Angeles City Council signaled it would shift up to $150 million from law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The proposal was backed by Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti; the original plan was to shift money into a larger initiative that would encompass youth jobs programs and “peace centers.”
In July, the focus seemed to change a bit, given the exigencies of the budgetary year. Instead, according to Deadline, up to $40 million of the $133 million cut from the budget would be used to avert more city furloughs.
Whatever the case, Garcetti had touted his actions as being ahead of an inevitable curve: “I got calls from mayors around the country, some of them saying, ‘I’m so excited,’ and other ones saying: ‘What the hell did