San Francisco to Defund Police By $120M, Redistribute Funds to Black Minorities
Law enforcement funds pulled from budgets
A major plan to redistribute $120 million from San Francisco's law enforcement budget to the city’s black minorities has been announced by the city's Mayor, London Breed.
Bay Area public radio station reported:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a plan for how the city will spend $120 million over the next two years, pulled from law enforcement budgets, to reinvest in the city’s long-underserved Black communities.
“The Dream Keeper Initiative,” as it’s dubbed, increases investments in workforce development, health campaigns, youth, and cultural programs and housing support.
The allocations reflect spending priorities conveyed by Black residents during a series of community meetings and public surveys led last year by the city’s Human Rights Commission, Breed said.
Black people make up only about 5% of San Francisco’s population — a proportion that has consistently decreased in the last 50 years — but make up nearly 40% of its homeless residents.
Black residents have among the city’s highest mortality rates and lowest median household incomes and are involved in a disproportionately high percentage of police use-of-force incidents.
Breed is the city’s first African-American mayor.
The city’s plan follows similar plans in Los Angeles, where Mayor Eric Garcetti promised last year to cut up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department — more than 10% of the total — for investment in “communities of color.”
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“It’s going to greatly impact personnel,” SFPD Chief Financial Officer Patrick Leung said at a previous Police Commission meeting.
The Mayor seemingly caved to far-left activists’ demands to “defund the police,” which came aid Black Lives Matter protests.
San Francisco is experienced exploding homicides rising 35% in 2020.
The city has also seen open drug use and defecation on the sidewalks, leading to many residents moving out of the city.
Thirty-three people have also been shot in the city so far this year compared to nine at this point in 2020.
Last year, Texas Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott warned radical-left city officials, vowing that he will "defund cities" that vote to defund their police departments.
"You've seen, and you have documented what happened in Portland, in Seattle, in Chicago, New York, and cities across the country," Abbott said.
After Democratic Minneapolis City Council members moved to defund the police last year, they voiced concerns about soaring crime rates in their city.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was pressed about the surging crimes which included: