Democratic L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez has been using members of the LAPD to guard her home over the past two months while pushing to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget.
Spectrum News 1 journalist Natalie Brunell reported that the police unit outside Martinez' home usually includes two uniformed officers and has been in place since the beginning of April. Multiple LAPD sources confirmed the officers had provided round-the-clock private security starting April 4, but had decreased the security from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. as of May 6.
Martinez' private security detail reportedly angered some members of the force, including Detective Jamie McBride, who serves as the director of the LAPD's union.
"It's kind of ironic. Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department," McBride told Spectrum News 1. "Now we're taking one unit away from the equation. If a citizen calls 911 there's less units on the streets to respond to that 911 call. It's disgusting. For two officers in front of a residence since April, you're probably over $100,000 of the people's money."
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