Mayor of Oakland, in California is looking to reverse a multimillionaire dollar budget planned cut for local police, instead calling to hire more officers and increase funding in in the midst of a surge in violent crime and murders in the area.
Mayor Libby Schaaf told her office it would pressure Oakland City Council to cancel the next $ 18 million budget cut, which was approved by local lawmakers in June and it is set take effect next year. He promised to continue efforts to “Violence prevention” outside the realm of law enforcement, but still stressed the need expand the police force.
“Even if we don’t support down everything on our historic investments in prevention, as well as a non-police response option…, we have to address the shortage of police personnel, and that is what we will do “ Schaaf She said on Monday.
There is nothing progressive about the unrestrained gun violence. This is what Oaklanders do want, a complete and effective approach to safety, and this includes adequate police personnel.
Today I have announced our plan to restore police personnel by delivering on the promise to voters who exceeded the measure Z + by canceling some of the planned police cuts for July 1. Increased police response will not reduce our historic investments in violence prevention + MACRO.
– Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) November 29, 2021
The announcement following on series of shootings last weekend that left three people dead, including a 1-year-old boy hit by stray bullet while sleeping in a car seat, as well as a police officer in pension killed while working a security detail for a local news crew, according to the Associated Press. Those brought the number of homicides investigated by the Oakland Police at 127 so far this year.
Mayor also acknowledged that a measure approved by the voters in 2014 requires the city police department to have at least 678 officers on personal, and that the PD had fallen just one official in short of That threshold, adding that he would increase his recruitment to meet the quota.
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The decision to definance the Oakland Police Department in similar way moves in a number of cities following the death of George Floyd holding hands of officers in Minnesota last year, which sparked months of protests nationwide and calls for i budget of the police in all over the country.
However, some cities that have suffered cuts, including New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington, DC, have begun to do so revive the budgets of the police, or at least flirt with the idea. In July, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser pressed for another 11 million dollars to hire and train more officers later city lawmakers voted to cut the police budget, while Portland more recently approved a measure for restore $ 5.2 million to the local PD following similar cuts last year.
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