The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to slash funding for the Los Angeles Police Department by $150 million in an effort to appease angry protesters who want to defund the police.
Democrat Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned of the budget slash last month, saying he wanted “to commit to reinvesting in black communities, and communities of color; in those places left behind.”
In addition to the budget increase, Garcetti also approved giving officers $41 million in bonuses.
The city council’s decision also comes one day after the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education voted to cut the school police budget by $25 million.
The announcement to cut funding for the LAPD comes amid statements that the morale within the Los Angeles Police Department is at a “record low,” due to the never-ending Black Lives Matter protests.