Howard Lichtman says that rejecting enforcement of victimless crimes unites the police with the people against the politicians. He says police can regain respect by focusing on the five main transgressions that create victims: murder, rape, assault, theft and trespass, instead of fighting victimless crimes.
The police department’s $400 million budget was cut by about $3 million. Council member Kshama Sawant was the sole “no” vote because she felt the proposals didn’t go far enough. Riots broke out and Amazon, Whole Foods, and a Chase Bank were vandalized. Police Chief Carmen Best has resigned from her position.
The reality is that there is more crime in minority neighborhoods, more need for police intervention, and more exposure to the possibility of excessive violence. The disintegration of support for police is a crushing blow particularly to those living in black communities where crime rates are soaring.
The United Teachers Los Angeles claims that that the re-opening of schools cannot occur without substantial policy provisions in place, including a “moratorium” on charter schools, defunding of police, federal Medicare-for-All, state taxes on wealthy people, and a “federal bailout” of the school district.