Los Angeles is one of many cities across the country that is taking a look at how it can re-imagine law enforcement in the wake of national protests over police brutality, and in the last couple of weeks we’ve started to see proposals and plans materializing that not only call for significant reallocation of funds normally earmarked for the Los Angeles Police Department, but also some that provide specifics on how those funds would be used. Over the weekend, the city legislative analyst’s office released a report saying that LAPD officer ranks would need to be cut below 10,000.
In an 11-3 vote last week, the L.A. City Council gave the greenlight on continuing to study ways to cut $100-150 million from LAPD’s budget. The council also heard a motion asking city departments to work with LAPD to figure out a model for directing non-emergency calls for things like mental health and homelessness crises to trained specialists as opposed to patrol officers.
Today on AirTalk, we’ll hear from members of L.A. City Council on how they see law enforcement in L.A. City being reimagined and where and how they might like to see any cuts to LAPD’s budget reallocated.
Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the 10th Council District, which includes the West Los Angeles neighborhoods of Koreatown, Mid City, Leimert Park, Crenshaw Manor and Baldwin Village; he tweets @HerbJWesson