(LOS ANGELES, CA – 6/4/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed a decision by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and city officials to cut $100 million-$150 million in funding for the Los Angeles Police Department and reallocate those funds to communities of color.
The decision, announced Wednesday evening, comes on the heels of protests across the nation and throughout Southern California in response to the murder of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
“It is time to move our rhetoric towards action to end racism in our city,” Garcetti said, during his remarks.
The mayor also announced the city will:
- impose a moratorium on placing people in a statewide database for identifying and tracking gang members, which reform advocates had lobbied for
- will require officers to intervene when they see inappropriate use of force and report misconduct
- form a Civil and Human Rights Commission, featuring an Office of Racial Equity to help the city “apply and equity lens to everything we do.”
The mayor also said he would support the creation of a special prosecutor to review officer misconduct cases, another demand of activists.
READ: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds To Be Reinvested In Communities Of Color
“We welcome the decision by the leaders of Los Angeles to not only express their solidary with communities of color, but to act upon those sentiments. CAIR-LA was proud to stand with other civil rights and advocacy organizations in calling for Mayor Garcetti to use this moment to de-escalate tension, redefine how Los Angeles addresses police violence and show that the city of Los Angeles truly values the lives of people of color.
“We encourage the mayor and other city leaders to continue its outreach to communities of color and enact long-term systemic change in addressing over-policing and police brutality.”
CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org