Amid growing calls nationwide to “defund the police” in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, California’s second largest city is doing the opposite.
The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 late Monday to increase funding for its police department after nearly 10 hours of public comment that included some residents demanding to reduce police funding, NBC 7 San Diego reported.
“This is about systemic, generational issues that we must acknowledge and address, and those won’t be solved overnight with a single budget vote,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer told USA TODAY in a statement on Tuesday. “We’re going to keep funding our police department but it won’t be business as usual.”
Changes began last week, in fact, when Faulconer banned the use of the carotid restraint by police officers, and the mayor said he is supporting a ballot measure to increase independent oversight of the agency.
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