On Wednesday, Missoula Police Chief, Jaeson White, will ask the city council for a bigger budget. This has infuriated hundreds of left-leaning Missoula liberals who have called for the police department to be defunded in retalitation for the police killing of Minnesota criminal, George Floyd.
Reportedly, Missoula Mayor John Engen will support the increase despite the calls and emails flooding the city’s office asking that Montana’s police be punished for the actions of four Minneapolis police officers. The mayor has already said that he will advocate “for a significant increase in support for training our officers, for protective equipment that we’d never consider extravagant for a firefighter, for the basic dignity of a place to change clothes and shower and for technology that protects the public and officers in the form of a robust body-worn video system.”
Liberals are outraged, predictably.
According to The Missoulian, “Council members have already received hundreds of comments asking for the reallocation of funds from the police department’s budget to more community resources after local and national protests over police brutality following the death of George Floyd.”
The city council will have the final say on the police budget on August 24. Its current budget is nearly 18.5 million dollars annually (it has gone up 23% in five years). They are asking for an increase to a little more than 19 million dollars.