LBPD earned nearly $1 million in overtime pay during the May 31st unrest
The LBPD spent over $1 million in overtime pay in response to the peaceful George Floyd protest and the unrest that followed, per a report by the LB Post.
Why it matters:
Long Beach's proposed 2021 budget is facing a $30 million shortfall due to the cost of coronavirus relief efforts, the shutdown of the local economy, and low tax revenues.
By the numbers:
The LBPD worked 45,993 hours in overtime for about a two-week span, which totaled $3.8 million.
The city is expected to spend up to $100 million in addressing the pandemic by providing medical care, COVID-19 testing, and financial assistance to local businesses.
The police department faces a $10.3 million in budgetary cuts and the possible elimination of 54 positions.
The proposed 2021 police department budget will support 797 police officer positions and 390 civilian positions.
One more thing:
"Defund the LBPD" has been a rallying cry by local protesters and has been calling into City Council meetings, demanding police funds to reallocate towards other community-driven programs.
Sidenote: The City of Long Beach spent $31 million in settlements, court costs, and legal fees on police misconduct lawsuits against the LBPD that range from officer-involved shootings to use-of-force.