The city council in West Hollywood, California, has voted to reduce the number of armed sheriff’s deputies by four, and to replace them with 30 unarmed “ambassadors,” despite a crime epidemic and an ongoing backlash across the country over the “defund the police” movement.
This move should come as no surprise from the city, as it is dominated by radical Democrats — the mayor of West Hollywood is famous for attempting to ban former President Donald Trump from speaking in the city, and the city itself is famous for honoring porn star Stormy Daniels with the key to the city for her attempted crusade against Trump.
Despite data showing that crime in West Hollywood has risen 137% in one year, the city council voted 3-2 on Monday night to cut police funding, caving to the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Surprisingly, the measure passed without the support of the city’s radical mayor, Lauren Meister, who has been “a vocal opponent of reducing the Sheriff’s presence in the city,” according to reporting from NBC Los Angeles.
The restructuring of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department will not take place overnight. The local news outlet reported that two of the deputies will be removed in six months, and the other two deputies will be removed six months after that.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the new budget detailed in the measure will reallocate the funds from those four deputies to an organization known as Block by Block, “which staffs unarmed, blue-shirted security ambassadors and provides the city with supplemental law enforcement services.”
Meanwhile, according to the UK Daily Mail, the West Hollywood city council is increasing funds for other spending, including for a Russian culture festival that will omit the word “Russian” due to outrage regarding the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The city council is also increasing funding for crosswalks designed with the colors of the Pride flag, which will be updated to include the colors of the transgender movement and the Black Lives Matter movement.