Although the lack of explanation, some of us suppose why the LAPD was denied $3 million in federal help. The police chief openly opposed the federal law and President Trump when it comes to illegal immigration.
The sanctuary cities were warned that their funds will be cut down if they continue accepting immigrants. This was said loud and clear, because it is normal that the President puts America first.
The L.A. Times reports:
“This year, L.A. officials applied for more than $3 million in federal funding to help bring the same program to Harvard Park, a South L.A. neighborhood scarred by violence. The request was denied.
The U.S. Department of Justice hasn’t offered the LAPD an explanation of why the department didn’t receive any of the $98 million in grants recently awarded to scores of law enforcement agencies across the nation. A spokesman for the federal agency declined to comment when asked by The Times last week.”
After Trump’s government sent warnings to the sanctuary cities who don’t cooperate with America, the LAPD officials said that this move was punitive and that it was a sign of what could happen.
Steve Soboroff, who is president of the civilian Police Commission that oversees the LAPD, claims that the DOJ denied the fund-request because the LAPD is known for their hands-off methods to immigration. Soboroff said that he is worried that the future funding would also be at risk.
“Community policing is what policing’s all about. Militaristic policing, immigrant harassment is not,” he said. “By ignoring that, or prioritizing it beneath their issue of sanctuary cities and cooperation with ICE[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] — the priorities are wrong.”
“If this is the tip of the iceberg, we’re going to set back law enforcement and policing and public safety by decades,” he added.
The LAPD planned on using the money to hire 25 officers for the community policing program in Harvard Park which one of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. The half-mile area witnessed eight homicides in 2016, which is a number that is three times higher than the one in 2015. So far, six people were killed in 2017.
JUST LAST YEAR:
Charlie, the LAPD Police Chief, made a statement of disregard after President Trump was elected back in 2016:
“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” he said. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”
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