A soon-to-be-released survey of 258 police agencies across the country shows that, according to USA Today, nearly half of the households have had their budgets cut to devalue the police despite an increase in violent crime.
The news organization reported for the first time that the Police Executive Research Forum release, which is expected to be released in the coming days, shows that police budget cuts are mainly for training and equipment.
Demonstrators are pushing to "disappoint" the police over the death of George Floyd and other perceived institutional injustices.
Some urban, state, and local households were at risk even before the demonstrations and after funds were exhausted in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
It is the first time since the 2008 economic disaster that agencies see such budget threats, Forum's Executive Director Chuck Wexler told USA Today.
"Unfortunately, this time the situation will only worsen due to the resurgence of the pandemic and the convergence of the defused police movement," said Wexler. "It is a flammable mix for law enforcement agencies, as reform is often achieved by hiring a next generation of officers and acquiring new technologies that can support their work." The unintended consequence of these times is that these reforms are now being held back. "
He predicted that this kind of cut could take "years to recover".
In Minneapolis, councilors have diverted more than $ 1 million out of a $ 193 million police budget, Fox News reported.
New York City lawmakers approved a tight budget that will shift $ 1 billion from the police to education and social services next year.
On the west coast, the Los Angeles Police Department budget has been cut by almost $ 2 billion by $ 150 million, reducing the number of officers to levels that have not been reached in more than a decade.
Meanwhile, Berkeley has approved a budget that will save $ 9.2 million from the police, while Oakland's leaders cut $ 14.6 million from law enforcement last week and are considering steeper cuts.
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