What does defund the police mean for Los Angeles?

The Los Angeles City council approved a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department's budget on July 1.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council approved a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department's budget on Wednesday, July 1.

The LAPD's original proposed operating budget for this fiscal year before the cut was about $1.86 billion dollars.

George Floyd's death has brought the topic of defunding the police to cities across the nation. The People's Budget LA, a coalition led by the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Chapter, gave their proposal in June to cut LAPD's budget by 90%.

Now that the City Council has approved the $150 million cut, those funds will instead go toward services like mental health and housing, particularly in underrepresented neighborhoods.

The cut will not affect healthcare and pensions for LAPD officers.

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