Mayoral Candidate Vows to Eliminate Police Department
A Los Angeles mayoral candidate has reportedly pledged to eliminate the city’s police department.
Gina Viola, an activist who describes herself as an “abolitionist,” is one of the candidates hoping to replace Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti in the city’s mayoral race in the June 7 primary.
While the front-runners in the primary, Rick Caruso and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), have advocated bolstering the Los Angeles Police Department to address the city’s rising crime rates, Viola pledges to gradually eliminate the LAPD and divert the funding toward social services.
Viola is a member of “White People 4 Black Lives,” and several leaders of Black Lives Matter have supported her plan to eliminate the LAPD.
“I’m sorry, a vote for Rick Caruso is a vote for White supremacy,” Viola told the Los Angeles Times.
“White supremacy is codified into our legal system created to build White wealth, and law enforcement is its watchdog.”
A spokesperson for Caruso called Viola’s comments “disturbing.”