The LAPD is investigating whether hundreds of its officers committed a massive illness on the weekend of July 4 in retaliation for massive cuts.
More than 300 police officers were unable to work, and many suspected that the unusually high number was due to a ‘blue flu’ – a slang term for an intentional strike by law enforcement officers. The LAPD currently employs 10,000 officers and 3,000 administrative personnel.
The investigation comes less than a week after the Los Angeles City Council voted to cut the LAPD’s budget by $ 150 million. The move – which will affect overtime and reduce the number of employees to the lowest level in 12 years – has sparked outrage among ordinary members of the department.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Before the weekend of July 4, an unsigned letter circulated by enraged police officers circulated that seemed to encourage officers to participate in an illness.
“They managed to expose the police; what do you think is next? Our wages? Our advantages? Our pensions? You’re the hell of it, all those things are in danger now, ”the letter says.
“We must send a clear message to the city that we are not replaceable and we will no longer deal with this mess.”
The LAPD is investigating whether hundreds of its officers committed a massive illness on the weekend of July 4 in retaliation for massive cuts. LAPD police officers can be seen during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in May
Officers are not allowed to strike under California state law because of the threat to public safety.
The Times reports that “an unusually high number of murders and shootings took place in Los Angeles on the weekend of July 4.
The newspaper also cites sources saying “in certain anti-gang units, everyone or nearly everyone reported sick at the same time.”
However, LAPD chief Michel Moore says the rising rate of coronavirus cases in LA County may explain the large number of sick officers.
323 of the 13,000 LAPD employees tested positive for COVID-19, with 231 still waiting for results. Another 160 officers are quarantined.
“We want to find out the facts before we make any big judgments,” Moore told the Times.
Last week, Los Angeles City Council voted to cut the LAPD’s budget by $ 150 million following large-scale protests calling for police suppression
Police cars have been burned and destroyed in anti-police protests that have taken place in the city over the past six weeks. Protesters across the country call for police reform, defundation, or abolition after the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minnesota
Civil rights activist Najee Ali says the absence of officers has not gone unnoticed in poorer LA communities.
It emphasizes the lack of character and integrity of those who are supposed to serve the community. They endanger public safety, “he said.
Sentiment against the police has grown across the country in the past six weeks, following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd.
Protesters have called for the police to be waived, while the situation in Los Angeles is reflected in other cities in the county.
New York City’s police budget has shrunk by a billion dollars, and the Minneapolis police station has been abolished by the City Council.
There were also reports in both the Big Apple and Atlanta that police planned a “blue flu” disease on the weekend of July 4, but those claims were not substantiated.
As protests against the police continue, violent crime in the big cities has exploded – with a particularly deadly weekend of July 4.
In New York, 65 people were shot, 87 in Chicago and 31 in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, activists in Los Angeles were unhappy with last week’s $ 150 million cut in the LAPD budget – despite the fact that it would shrink the number of officers to just 9,757 by the following summer – a number unseen since 2008 .
“It’s a slap in the face. You have to restrain the police, make more money, put a lot more money into these programs, ”Black Lives Matter activist Rebecca Kessler told The Los Angeles Times.
In Los Angeles, activists were unhappy with last week’s $ 150 million cut in LAPD budget – despite shrinking the number of officers to just 9,757 by next summer – an unprecedented number since 2008