I have no idea why I continue to be appalled at the hypocritical nature of some in the Democratic Party. Time after time, they have proved they are willing to do and say whatever necessary to push their agenda while at the same time going behind the scenes to ensure they are treated like royalty.
A prime example of this comes to us from Los Angeles, California, where civil unrest after the wrongful death of Minneapolis, Minnesota resident George Floyd, while in police custody has sparked a serious discussion to disband and defund the local police force.
The push for such a dismantling seems to be strongest at the moment in Floyd’s hometown of Minneapolis. Here, nine members of the city council have publicly come forward in approval for such a move. And as it turns out, nine votes is all they need…
In Los Angeles, things aren’t all that different. However, the focus seems to be more on “defunding” than completely doing away with the police department, at least for now.
One of the leaders of this movement is City Council President Nury Martinez, who has filed a motion to cut about $150 million from the current police budget. As you can imagine, this would force the department to reconfigure itself entirely, possibly even rendering them useless.
So you can bet I found it interesting when it was discovered that Martinez has had her home, family, and person privately guarded by an LAPD security team since April.
Yep, that’s right. While Martinez sits in her office demanding that police funding gets cut drastically, her home has two armed police officers standing watch.
The report came in on Monday from Spectrum News 1, where reporter Natalie Brunell aired the story.
Brunell wrote on her Twitter account, “#LATEST LA Council Pres. Nury Martinez, who introduced a motion to cut #LAPD’s budget by $150 million, had a private LAPD protection detail camped at her home from April to June.”
Naturally, since news of this has come out, Martinez has canceled the detail, obviously hoping to avoid the scandal it will cause. As Brunell reported, “It was called off the night we called to ask her team about it.”
For LAPD Detective and director of the LA Police Protective league Jamie McBride, he says Martinez’s actions are “disgusting” and downright hypocritical. He told Brunell, “Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department.”
Apparently, what’s good for the goose, isn’t for the gander.
Martinez believes she is entitled to special treatment and security of the highest order. Meanwhile, she has decided that the residents and citizens of her city don’t deserve the same. As riots and protests began in late May, her home stood guarded and secure. Meanwhile, businesses, homes, and vehicles around the city were left to defend themselves, being burned, looted, and utterly destroyed.
And now she blames the police, calling for their abolishment.
How hypocritical, indeed.
Additionally, McBride noted that the security detail that Martinez ordered wasn’t paid for by her own pockets. Nope, that money was taken hard-earned taxpayer dollars meant to help the city. And according to McBride, it probably cost the residents of LA about $100,000.
McBride told Burnell, “It’s disgusting. For two officers in front of a residence since April, you’re probably over $100,000 of the people’s money.”
A spokesman from Martinez’s office told Spectrum on Monday that the security detail was initially put in place because Martinez had received threats to her home and family. Therefore, the police department that she is now so against recommended it.
“Multiple LAPD sources confirmed the units were directed to provide 24/7 security beginning April 4 at Martinez’s home, almost always staffed by two officers,” according to Spectrum’s report. On May 6, that detail was changed to cover only 7 am to 9 pm, with patrol checks happening overnight.
So, according to her liberal mindset, threats against her and her family deserve immediate action and protection. But anyone else and the city at large is on their own.
The spokesman has since said that the councilwoman canceled the detail “because she felt the security it was supposed to provide was now compromised.”
Really, you don’t say? I don’t know that I’d be eager to provide security and protection to a woman who was calling for my job either.