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US Democratic-led cities efforting for defunding police spent millions on private security

11:47  27 july  2021
11:47  27 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Despite efforts to defund police , these Democrat - led cities spent millions on private security for mayors As crime surges across the nation, Democratic mayors in approximately 20 U.S. cities that have called for defunding the police have received millions in taxpayer funds towards their own New data compiled by Forbes auditor Open the Books through Freedom of Information Act requests reveals that the city of Chicago, for example, spent .3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard "unnamed city officials." Despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot's claims that she is opposed to cutting funding

Democratic city leaders in 20 major U.S. cities where officials reduced police budgets in some form or have proposed cutting funding received personal protection from police details…

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Despite efforts to defund police, these Democrat-led cities spent millions on private security for mayors

As crime surges across the nation, Democratic mayors in approximately 20 U.S. cities that have called for defunding the police have received millions in taxpayer funds towards their own personal security details, according to a new report.

New data compiled by Forbes auditor Open the Books through Freedom of Information Act requests reveals that the city of Chicago, for example, spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard "unnamed city officials." Despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot's claims that she is opposed to cutting funding for the police, records show the city quietly cut 400 police officer positions in 2020 while the cost of her security detail hit an all-time high of $3.4 million for 22 officers, according to the report.

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Moreover, Forbes emphasized that “the defunding of police — coupled with taxpayer dollars spent on police security details protecting public officials — only occurred in cities run by Democratic mayors.” For example, Democrat Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez pushed to cut police funding in the Summer of 2020, all the while having a private LAPD police unit stationed outside her home. WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 06: LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez speaks onstage at the ‘Politics, Sex and Cocktails’ fundraiser at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific

Democratic mayors in nearly two dozen major cities across the United States who have publicly called for defunding the police have received personal protection from a police detail at taxpayers’ expense. An analysis of 25 major U.S. cities conducted by Forbes showed that in at least 20 of them, mayors and other city officials have said one thing publicly but have privately reaped the benefits from a dedicated police security presence. Calls to defund the police coupled with taxpayer dollars spent to protect public officials only occurred in cities run by Democratic mayors, according to the report.

Chicago reportedly spent $2.8 million for 17 officers in 2019; $2.8 million for 16 officers in 2018; $2.7 million for 20 police officers in 2017; and $2.9 million for 16 officers in 2016.

In San Francisco, $12.4 million was reportedly spent between 2015 and 2020 to protect Mayor London Breed as the city said it would divest $120 million from its police budget over two years to be put towards health programs. Security detail spending for Breed amounted to $1.7 million in 2015; $417,489 in 2016; $2.5 million in 2017; $2.7 million in 2018; $2.5 million in 2019; and $2.6 million in 2020.

In New York, the city council approved slashing $1 billion from its $6 billion police budget, with $354 million to be reallocated to mental health, homelessness and education services. However, spending on Mayor Bill de Blasio's security detail reportedly cost taxpayers $358,000 during his failed presidential bid.

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Fox Business – Democratic officials defunded their police , while spending millions on private protection amid crime uptick. FOX Business' Lydia Hu with more. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the business capital of the world — FBN launched in October 2007 and is one of the leading business networks on television, having topped CNBC in Business Day viewers for the second consecutive year in 2018.

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush spent nearly ,000 on private security over the past three months as she advocated for defunding the police , campaign filings show. Bush's campaign sent ,120.92 in payments between April 15 and June 28 for " security services" to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based "Today's decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic," Bush said in a statement at the time. "It marks a new future for our city . For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively

In Baltimore, approximately $3.6 million was spent in 2020 for police to cover Mayor Brendon Scott, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, despite about $22 million being eliminated from the city's police budget, according to Fox Baltimore. The mayor's protection unit reportedly cost the city nearly $2 million last fiscal year, while protection for the state's attorney cost $1.3 million and the police commissioner cost $464,948. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

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Members of progressive Democratic group “The Squad” reportedly spent “tens of thousands of dollars” on private security and other forms of security services in the first quarter while publicly calling to dismantle or defund the police force due to what they claim to be “institutionalized racism” among its ranks. Omar, who is also pushing for defunding the police , was reported to have spent ,103.61 on her own private security ,” according to her own expenditure report.

Cori Bush Sunday for spending ,000 on private security while advocating to defund the police . The Democrat 's campaign also paid ,000 to Nathaniel Davis for " security services" over the same time period. James craig slams ‘Misguided liberal mayors’ for not stopping a rise in violent crime. As Bush's campaign dished out tens of thousands on private security , a luxury most Americans won’t ever be able to afford, the Missouri Democrat was publically demonizing law enforcement, crowning herself one of the most ardent advocates in favor of defunding the police

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Mike Enzi, former Wyoming senator, dead at 77

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Mike Enzi wearing a suit and tie: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images © Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Enzi, who was 77, "passed away peacefully" while surrounded by his family, a statement read. "His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time."

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Enzi’s family said he was admitted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. He was unconscious and unable to recover from his injuries, which included a broken neck and ribs, the family said.

Enzi fell near his home about 8:30 p.m. Friday, a family friend said, around the time Gillette police received a report of a man lying unresponsive in a road near a bike.

Police have seen no indication that anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident, Lt. Brent Wasson told told the Gillette News Record. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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Sean Hannity berated the impending return of mask mandates in "city after city," bemoaning the Left’s draconian restrictions on Monday’s "Hannity."

"They are now coming back," he said, "vaccine mandates are now creeping into public policy, including new requirements for New York City workers and VA employees. And now, mask mandates in LA, St. Louis, Savannah, Georgia as many of these liberal cities are now bringing these mask mandates back."

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