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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said last year $250 million would be cut from city departments and placed in the direction of communities of color after many voiced that police brutality has been a growing issue for BIPOC communities.  

After making that promise, Garcetti quickly cut $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) budget. Garcetti used a small portion of that $150 million to fund jobs programs. 

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Later, Garcetti said he achieved his goal, not by cutting another $100 million from the budget, but by striking hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds provided to Los Angeles in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Garcetti said the federal funds distributed to the city were used to pay for programs to address homelessness, which has impacted Black residents the most. 

However, some activists are still criticizing Garcetti over the way he handled his promise. They claim he shouldn’t have relied on funding by the federal government to fulfill that goal. Additionally, other activists say Garcetti should have used the money to invest in economic development and youth services. 

Written ByLevon Satamian

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