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San Diego City Council declines calls to cut police funding

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 18:53:47-04

(AP) - The San Diego City Council has declined calls to cut police funding and approved a budget that includes an increase for the department.

The decision came at a meeting Monday despite an outpouring of comments urging the council to reject the mayor’s plan to increase the police budget by $27 million, to $566 million.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the council approved the plan on an 8-1 vote.

The pressure to cut the police budget echoed calls nationwide for slashing law enforcement budgets after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.