West Hollywood votes to defund the sheriffs office in the face of 167% increase in crime

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The move to reduce police funding comes amid a crime wave in Los Angeles County and public opposition, reports said

A trendy Los Angeles County community has voted to reduce law enforcement funding despite escalating crime and public backlash.

The budget for the next two fiscal years will leave West Hollywood with up to five fewer Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol, WeHoville reported.

The budget was approved by a narrow 3-2 vote with Mayor Lauren Meister dissenting as well as Councilman John Erickson.

“I’m not going to vote for the budget if we cut the sheriff’s (funds),” Meister said, according to the news outlet. “First of all, nobody has the gun problem that we have in this country. You can’t expect us to have a public safety team where most of the people aren’t armed in order to defend our citizens.”

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