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Into Defunding the LAPD

Cities across the country are facing pressure to cut police department budgets. Last week, Los Angeles took the first step in doing so.
Memorial service for George Floyd - during Coronavirus pandemic
Hundreds join a Black Lives Matter memorial service and procession to honor George Floyd in Los Angeles on June 8, 2020.Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

‘Defund the police’ has become a familiar rallying call at protests across the country. It’s a push to reduce the size of police department budgets, in order to reallocate resources to other parts of the community. And a few cities leaders are listening.

Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his commitment to reallocating $150 million of the LAPD budget to communities of color in the upcoming fiscal year. This comes after years of attempted reform and decades of tension between the LAPD and the city’s Black population.

Trymaine Lee speaks with LA City Councilman Curren Price, Black Lives Matter leader Melina Abdullah, and historian Max Felker-Kantor, author of Policing Los Angeles, to find out how LA’s history of policing informs the Mayor’s current move and whether this step towards reform goes far enough.

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