BLM Wants to Abolish LA Police Unions
The Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM-LA) has announced that it is beginning a campaign to force the Los Angeles Federation of Labor to disband the city’s police unions. David Zahmiser of the Los Angeles Times reports that Akili, an organizer with BLM-LA told reporters that the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents 9,800 police officers, promotes “white supremacy, anti-Blackness and a culture of deadly violence.” He said the group would also seek to disband the Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs Association, which he also claims is racist. Last year BLM-LA demanded that the LA City Counsel cut police funding. Last Summer, the Council cowed to their demands and slashed $150 million, cutting 250 officers from the force. This at a time when violent crime in Los Angeles is skyrocketing. The Times piece calls BLM a “grass roots” organization, suggesting the it represents the views of most blacks. A Gallup poll conducted last August reported that 81% of blacks wanted to either keep the current level of police patrols in their neighborhoods or increase them.