City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies. (July 2)
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GILBERT CEDILLO: From the protests and from activists come what? What is it that people want? But for people, like ourselves, progressive council members, is the question of how. And that's the challenge for us is to figure out how you do governance. How do we take what people are saying in the streets and then create sound public policy that serves everyone?
And while the marches are incredible and right on point, they're not reflective of the entire society. You know, we will not abandon our duty and our obligation to public safety. So this is going to be a redesign. We're responsible, and we have to have answers for this question of defund or dismantle the police.
Because people want to know what's going to be the result. Is it going to be Seattle? Is it going to be-- you know, my district is a very large immigrant community, 90% immigrant. They want police. When you go to a place because narco traffickers have overrun the local police, you're not going to be very excited about when somebody says, well, we don't want police.
That's the job. Sometimes, it's not as dramatic as it is of having thousands of people peacefully marching in the streets. I'm a big advocate of that. And I was very critical of the looters, and the vandals, and those who violated. But it's important work.
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