LA lawmaker who voted to cut cop funding denies calling LAPD to his home 8 times since April asking for protection

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A Los Angeles City Council member who served as a regional field organizer for former President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign has allegedly called the police at least eight times since April, despite being a staunch “defund the police” advocate.

News of councilman Mike Bonin’s apparent hypocrisy emerged in part because of station KTTV reporter Bill Melugin, who on Friday took to Twitter to highlight a City of Los Angeles records request that had been filed by someone else.


Filed on July 20th, the request by the unnamed sleuth asked for “copies of” any “information related to calls for service to the residence of District 11 Councilman Mike Bonin.” The city issued a formal reply eight days later, ironically enough.

The public reply cited eight instances of the police being called to Bonin’s home, with at least one of those incidents involving local officers being called to keep “the peace with protestors in front of residence until protestors dispersed.”

These findings are a bombshell because Bonin is among 11 council members who voted in June to cut the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget by $150 million.

“The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to cut hiring at the Police Department, pushing the number of sworn officers well below 10,000 and abandoning a budget priority once seen as untouchable by city leaders,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

“Faced with a grim budget outlook and deluged by demands for reductions in police spending, the council voted 12 to 2 to take the Los Angeles Police Department down to 9,757 officers by next summer — a level of staffing not seen in the city since 2008.”

The Times added that “much” of the $150 would come from “funds earmarked for police overtime pay” …

“I think we owe it to Los Angeles to come up with a better and a smarter way of doing public safety and emergency response, and I think this motion is the first step in doing that. It’s not about random slashing and cuts. It’s about re-prioritizing and … to invest in neighborhood safety, and there’s ways to do that,” Bonin claimed at the time.

He even reportedly proudly stated that he’d been “calling for a reduction in the police budget before George Floyd.”

The hypocrisy seems clear, or does it? Responding to Melugin’s Twitter report, the councilman caught one hell of an attitude and accused the KTTV reporter of intimidation.


To hear him tell it, the police were automatically called to his home “without” his request and knowledge. But according to Melugin’s sources, that seems unlikely.

“Multiple LAPD sources say they would not generate their own calls for a simple patrol,” he tweeted.

He also included the following screenshot of a text he’d received from a “high-level LAPD source”:

Who do you believe? Judging by the litany of replies pouring in these past two days, it appears most locals certainly don’t believe Bonin.

In fact, according to additional records cited by his critics, police have been called to his home at least 40 times since 2015.



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