Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an enormous transfer of city funds at a press briefing Wednesday, with $100 million to $150 million being stripped from the Los Angeles Police Department's budget and reallocated to "black communities and communities of color."
Calling this an "urgent moment," Garcetti first announced an overall transfer of $250 million from the previously proposed budget to be "reinvested" in communities of color, highlighting "jobs, education, and healing."
L.A. Police Commission President Eileen Decker then announced that $100 million to $150 million of those cuts would come from the police department budget.
"It is time to move our rhetoric towards action to end racism in our city," the mayor said.
L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez on Wednesday then officially introduced the motion, tweeting that it was "to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism. This is just one small step."
The motion begins by condemning U.S. society as inherently racist, saying:
American society is founded on a racial hierarchy, one that is born out of slavery, followed by Jim Crow segregation and corporate abuse of labor. As such, police departments are asked to enforce a system of laws that are designed to reinforce and maintain economic and racial inequality.
The motion also declares, "This is opportunity to re-envision society ... we can begin by slowly dismantle [sic] those systems that are designed to harm people of color."
Mayor Garcetti said he would be more specific in his Thursday press briefing about where those funds will go. He added that the money will be distributed "now, not years from now."