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|(June 2, 2020) -- Nearly 24 hours after looting began after a peaceful protest in L.A., and less than twenty minutes before the start of a similarly themed peaceful protest that preceded looting in L.A. County's second largest city, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Tweeted the content below on his "official" and personal Twitter feeds.
By way of context, as a Councilman (2009-2014), Garcia voted for budgets that erased the largest number of police officers in the more than 100 year history of the City of Long Beach. (Other cities didn't weather the "Great Recession" by eliminating 20% of their police strength.) As Mayor, by which time he said the local economy was "booming," Garcia recommended budgets that failed to restore over 80% of the officers he voted to erase. To date, incumbent LB Councilmembers have restored budgeting for 22 officers of 208 erased while the Mayor has selectively quoted LB crime stats to tell the public "crime is down."
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A little over four hours later, Mayor Garcia acknowledged the obvious: that those doing the looting weren't "protesters." They were looters.
Mayor Garcia's record, and that the City Council that left LB neighborhoods especially vulnerable, speaks for itself and is the subject of a separate perspective here.
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