Mayors in 20 cities who call for police to be relieved receive millions in public funds for private security
At least 20 city mayors who have called to relieve the police are enjoying the benefits of private security, costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year.
In February, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced plans to transfer $120 million from police to a combination of new and existing programs.
Meanwhile, the city has spent $2.6 million to protect it in 2020, a number that is likely to increase this year.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed (left) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot take advantage of taxpayer-funded private security as they cut funding for their city’s police forces
Cities where taxpayers’ money finances police data or private security for officials
San Francisco – $2.6 million in 2020 for Mayor London Breed
Chicago – $3.4 million in 2020 for ‘unnamed city officials’
Baltimore – $3.6 million in 2020 for Mayor Brandon Scott and two others
New York City – $358,000 in 2020 for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s failed presidential run
San Diego – $2.6M in 2021 for Mayor Todd Gloria, City Council Meetings and Building Security
Denver – $746,743 in 2020 for Mayor Michael Hancock
The dichotomous combination of officials calling to relieve the police and spending millions to protect themselves is only found in cities with Democratic mayors.
San Francisco spent $12.4 million to protect Breed between 2015 and 2020, with the bill increasing from $1.7 million in 2015 to $2.6 million last year, according to information obtained by public transparency website Openthebooks.com and compiled by Forbes.
A portion of the forwarded funds will go to guaranteed income programs, community outreach, youth development, and arts and culture programs, according to KQED.
“I want to change the outcome of African Americans in the city who are disproportionately affected in the criminal justice system, disproportionately affected by homelessness and a number of other inequalities, even in our public school system,” Breed said in announcing the budget changes in February.
“And I wanted to make sure that these investments would make a difference.”
The movement to relieve the police picked up steam during last year’s protests after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
On his Fox News show Sunday night, former U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina reprimanded Missouri freshman Democratic Representative Cori Bush for openly calling for police to be punished, while spending $69,120 in campaign funds on personal “from April 15 to June.” security services’ 28.
Democratic Rep. Cori Bush was criticized by former Rep. Trey Gowdy for calling to discipline police while spending $69,120 on personal “security services” from April 15 to June 28
Protesters hung a call to punish the police in New York’s City Hall Park in June 2020
“She wants to punish your police, but not her police,” the host said.
Some members of the Democratic Party, including party stalwarts such as former President Barack Obama and South Carolina House Majority Whip James Clyburn, have warned against using the divisive slogan “defund the police,” arguing that it scares voters away.
Other officials whose views appear to conflict with their practices include Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Lightfoot is not in favor of defunding the police force, although she has largely eliminated three percent of the department’s budget by getting rid of vacant positions, according to the report. Chicago Tribune.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential bid (left) left taxpayers with a $358K bill, while San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who cut $4.3 million in police overtime, his $2.6 million to security did not include
She poured $626.5 million in extra pay for police and firefighters last year amid Black Lives Matter protests, but salary data shows the number of police officers in the city fell by nearly 400.
Meanwhile, the city spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard “unnamed city officials,” including $3.4 million for 22 security officers last year.
Since then, the murder rate in the city has increased by double digits.
In New York City, the city council cut $1 billion from the police, even though Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with his wife and son, travels with a New York Police Department security detail.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (left) was protected in 2020 with $746,743 in private security, while Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, who called a $22 million police cut “just the beginning,” along with two other colleagues called $3. got .6 million in security
His failed presidential run in 2020 also cost taxpayers $358,000.
The NYPD has not responded to Forbes’ requests for a more detailed breakdown of the charges.
Last year, Baltimore City Council voted to cut $22 million from the police budget Baltimore Sun.
“This is just the beginning, and I intend to continue to lead this process to refocus our public dollars and reshape public safety in Baltimore,” said then-Chairman Brandon Scott, now the city’s mayor.
At the same time, the city spent $3.6 million on 14 police officers to cover the Scott, state attorney Marilyn Mosby and police commissioner Michael Harrison.
In San Diego, Mayor Todd Gloria’s increased police budget has frustrated activists who believed a Democratic mayor would be on their side to punish the police.
His latest budget calls for a $4.3 million cut for overtime and $1 million for a new police oversight body, according to Voice of San Diego.
It also budgeted $2.6 million for 12 full-time officers to protect him.