L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez is under fire for using members of the police department as her personal security detail while calling for the LAPD to be defunded, officials confirmed to FOX Business.
#LATEST LA Council Pres. Nury Martinez, who introduced a motion to cut #LAPD’s budget by $150 million, had a private LAPD protection detail camped at her home from April to June. It was called off the night we called to ask her team about it. Full story coming to @SpecNews1SoCal pic.twitter.com/1lv5ctqQEC
— Natalie Brunell (@natbrunell) June 9, 2020
Martinez only stopped using the LAPD as her private security detail when reporters began asking questions about it, according to the outlet.
Martinez’s spokesperson told Spectrum News 1 SoCal she began using the police detail for security after she and her daughter began receiving death threats.
FOX Business estimated that more than $100,000 in taxpayer dollars had been spent providing Martinez security.
City officials need to have truthful conversations about the importance of a police department. They may not be perfect and some reform is needed, but there is no question that in a country with 328 million people, we need a branch to maintain law and order.