The LA City Council needed 10 votes to override Mayor Garcetti's police funding veto. They got 11.
The LA City Council votes to override Mayor Eric Garcetti’s veto of a plan for how to reinvest millions of dollars from the police department into communities of color.
The council also adopted a revised plan that includes nearly $7.8M for an unarmed response to homelessness and non-violent calls that would be split among six council districts.
The vote was 11 to 4 with Councilmember Mike Bonin among those voting against it.
"It says to African Americans and Latinos who don't live in CD 6, 8, 9, 10 and 13 and 14 that you're being left out," he says.
Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas voted in favor calling the investment a down payment.
"Down payment on racial reckoning. What is a down payment? A much better, a much brighter future for Los Angeles," he says.
In a statement, Garcetti said “From the beginning, this conversation has been about making bold investments that lift up our communities and speak to the urgency of racial and economic justice," adding that the latest version of the Council’s spending plan does that, and he supports it.