Los Angeles Votes for $36M Police Funding Increase as Crime Skyrockets
Gunshot victims in L.A. are up 141% compared to 2020
The liberals' calls to "defund the police" may not have been such a great idea after all, as cities including Los Angeles are calling for additional funding as violent crimes soar.
Los Angeles Police Department officers have filed 88% more reports of shots fired than the same time period in 2020.
Meanwhile, gunshot victims in L.A. are up 141% compared to 2020.
Homicides are also up 39%, according to o Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Los Angeles Police Commission said there were 15 hate crimes reported in Los Angeles in 2020, up seven reported in 2019.
Amid the wave of violent crime, Los Angeles voted to increase police funding.
The Los Angeles County Metro voted to increase police funding by $36 million.
The additional funding will go to Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles Sherriff's Department.
The police's refunding passed with a unanimous 12-0 vote from the Metro Board of Directors, the New York Post reported.
That includes a "yea" from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
But last year, Garcetti said he was committed to not increasing the police budget.
"We will not be increasing our police budget," the Democratic mayor proclaimed, saying fund will be put in "reinvesting in black communities and communities of color."
In July, the Los Angeles City Council voted to slash $150 million from the LAPD budget.
Minneapolis and Portland were also forced to increase funding in police after pledging to defund the police.
Minneapolis City Council vowed to "dismantle" the police but did a quick u-turn after crime skyrocketed, forcing them to approve $6.4 million in additional funding to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The same story with portland who slashed its police budget by nearly $16 million in 2020, then later called for more than $2 million in funding for the Portland Police Department.
The city was even forced to reinstate its gun violence task force after disbanding the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) only months earlier.
"More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year."
"The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before," the Associated Press reported.