As you well know, several of our nation’s larger and more Democratically ran metropolises have recently called for the defunding of police in their region. Los Angeles is not surprisingly one of them. However, you might be surprised to learn that one of the city councilmen who voted for such a move against our law enforcement seems to be a bit hypocritical on the subject.
No, say it isn’t so. A Democrat is a hypocrite… surely there must be some mistake. They are usually so honest and forthcoming, not mention sincere to their very core. (Note the dripping sarcasm.)
Well, I hate to break it to you, but it’s most definitely true.
According to the city’s public records, LA City Councilman Mike Bonin has made no less than a total of eight calls for service to the Los Angeles Police Department since April.
But, as Bill Melugin of KTTV-TV reports, Bonin has been a prominent voice for the city’s police force to be defunded. In fact, when the city council held a vote on the subject, Bonin voted to have the Department’s budget cut by a whopping $150 million.
So why is he calling the police, and only weeks after essentially saying that he wasn’t a fan of them?
Well, according to the records, two calls were made for general information. The other six were made to specifically request a safety patrol or ask for police assistance at Bonin’s home.
Now, I may not be the brightest bulb out there, but I can pretty much guarantee this newly acquired bit of news isn’t going to go over well, either with the progressive left that he is trying so hard to appease or the conservatives who want to see law and order stay.
Bonin must have figured this out fairly quickly, too, as he wasted little time in attacking the reporter who made this information know and denying the entire thing.
According to what Bonin wrote on Twitter in response to Melugin’s story, he “NEVER asked LAPD for patrols at my house.” In fact, he added that he actually “specifically asked LAPD NOT to send anyone,” when protests have happened near his home.
Then he accused LAPD of generating the calls themselves, “without my request and often without my knowledge.” and he added, “This is a cute tactic to try to silence or intimidate a public official who is standing up to the police union. It ain’t working.”
Yes, because I bet all those cops you don’t really want around anymore are just lining up and looking for an excuse to come and protect you and your home. (Again, note the sarcasm.)
But even if you didn’t believe that these cops wouldn’t be jumping into action to help someone who is calling for their end, there is other evidence to contradict Bonin’s lies.
Multiple sources, including some from the LAPD, say they have proof that “This was definitely a call for service by Bonin or a member of his staff.”
One source noted, “From time to time we are called from high up to respond to city council member’s residences, but don’t usually generate a call ourselves. The call would have been placed by the resident or someone reporting something happening at the address.”
A resident or someone who noticed something at the address, huh?
Well, I guess Bonin could be correct on some of those calls then. Maybe he didn’t make them, or at least all of them. Maybe his husband called it in, albeit at his request.
And yes, maybe even one or two were requested by someone high up who thought the councilman or his home might be in danger given the constant riots and lootings that have been going on as of late. After all, it’s not hard to believe that a police officer, as someone who has sworn to serve and protect, would care for their city’s well-being.
But all eight of them, happening about two weeks apart for four months and at a time when the LAPD struggles to handle the rising violence and crime as it is? No, I don’t think so.
Plus, public records don’t lie.
Democratic politicians, on the other hand… well, let’s just say it’s pretty much expected of them. And Bonin is Exhibit A of that case.