The video above uses the 2013 shooting at LAX to lobby for more funding from the public purse for the City of Angels po-po. According to the union, “department cuts have created unsafe conditions for Angelenos. Because of budget cuts, the SWAT team that normally respond to dangerous shootings like this one were unavailable to respond to a situation where a gunman opened fire in a busy terminal at LAX.” No mention, then, of the police cluster-you-know-what that allowed the shooter to commit his heinous crime unimpeded (until he was). Just to remind you how lax LAX was in terms of “homeland security,” here’s Wikipedia’s report on the police response . . .
On March 18, a released 83-page report highlighted flaws in various divisions and current systems of the airport, adding that emergency response had been hindered by “communication problems and poor coordination”. The report also laid out an estimated 50 recommendations, including one for training airport police to be trained in tactical medicine and for training paramedics to enter more dangerous zones earlier with the protection of law enforcement.
In addition, it was critical of the current airport emergency management program, saying that it was “not well-defined or widely understood across the agency, or perhaps even respected”. It was also reported that at the time of the shooting, a union representing the airport’s lower-level employees was not trained for an evacuation and did not know what to do or how to help passengers.
Jeffrey David Cox, Sr., the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, called the lack of coordination “absolutely unacceptable” and criticized the report as being incomplete and failing to note the two airport officers who were not on their shifts at the time of the shooting.
More money ought to sort all that out. Or not. Anyway, a quick reminder . . .
The LAPD Chief of Police/General Manager administers an annual budget of $1.189 billion and has over 10,354 sworn officers under his jurisdiction (not to mention 4k+ more employees). His employees enjoy generous pensions and health care benefits. Meanwhile, as a result of the usual prolific, profligate government spending, LA’s facing severe financial difficulties . . .
“The next fiscal year, the city’s deficit could be as much as $242 million,” scpr.org reports. “That’s about $90 million more than what the city’s top budget official had anticipated. The growing shortfall is the result of unexpected salary and health care costs for city workers. It also includes $45 million in un-budgeted overtime for firefighters and police officers.”
Funny how that police overtime stat didn’t make it into the video. Anyway, perhaps the answer is to encourage LA residents to tool-up in their own defense, as the Detroit PD have been doing as of late. But then that idea is a slippery slope, from dependence on and subservience to the state, to individual responsibility and personal liberty. And we can’t have that, can we?