LAPD Responds to Public Pressure to Downsize Police

( – Los Angeles has suffered months of social and racial unrest in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd. Several so-called “peaceful protests” quickly turned into violent riots terrorizing citizens and leaving massive damage behind.

In the wake of this violence, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) posted a tweet on November 7 expressing concern regarding public safety in the upcoming weeks and months.

Later that day, the Los Angeles Times reported that the LAPD would downsize several specialty divisions with homicide, gang and narcotics, and robbery taking large cuts. It would also stop sending police units to deal with traffic collisions and cut police station weekend desk hours. The Los Angeles Times reported the cutbacks “reflect how fully” public sentiment forced the LAPD to “bend to the ‘Defund Police’ movement.”

These cuts couldn’t come at a worse time, with shootings and homicides reaching their highest levels in a decade. Perhaps it’s time for President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act and deploy federal troops to restore order.

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