Los Angeles County votes for $36M increase in funding for police to fight surge in crime

So much for “defunding the police.”

The mantra that progressives echoed in the weeks following George Floyd’s death is apparently taking a back seat to the need to fight a surge in crime in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Metro has voted to increase police funding by $36 million dollars as crime has surged.

Per the Blaze “In the first two months of 2021, Los Angeles Police Department officers have fielded 88% more reports of shots fired than the same time period in 2020. Gunshot victims in L.A. are up 141% versus last year, and homicides are up 39%, according to Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.”

The funding passed unanimously in a 12-0 vote.

In June of last year, Mayor Garvetti claimed “we will not be increasing our police budget,” saying he would be “reinvesting in black communities and communities of color” instead.