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Crime is surging across the nation.
Meanwhile, Democratic mayors who have called for defunding the police have received millions in taxpayer funds towards their own personal security details, Fox News reports.
This is happening in approximately 20 cities, the report adds.
The data has been compiled by Forbes auditor “Open the Books” through Freedom of Information Act.
For example, the city of Chicago spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard “unnamed city officials.”
Records show Mayor Lori Lightfoot has quietly cut 400 police officer positions in 2020 while the cost of her security detail hit an all-time high of $3.4 million for 22 officers.
Also in Chicago, the city spent $2.8 million for 17 officers in 2019, $2.8 million for 16 officers in 2018, $2.7 million for 20 police officers in 2017, and $2.9 million for 16 officers in 2016.
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In San Francisco, $12.4 million was reportedly spent between 2015 and 2020 to protect Mayor London Breed as the city said it would divest $120 million from its police budget over two years to be put towards health programs. Security detail spending for Breed amounted to $1.7 million in 2015; $417,489 in 2016; $2.5 million in 2017; $2.7 million in 2018; $2.5 million in 2019; and $2.6 million in 2020.
In New York, the city council approved slashing $1 billion from its $6 billion police budget, with $354 million to be reallocated to mental health, homelessness and education services. However, spending on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security detail reportedly cost taxpayers $358,000 during his failed presidential bid.
TRENDING 👇 First Federal Agency Announces Vaccine Mandate
And so it begins… Veterans Affairs becomes the first federal agency to mandate the COVID vaccine, Fox News reports.
Health care personnel will be obligated to take the drug. Rueters says this impacts more than 100,000 health care workers.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough decided to make the COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all VA health care personnel. This includes physicians, dentists, nurses and others who work in patient-facing roles. The agency says this is a “necessary step” to keep the veterans it serves “safe.”
Employees have eight weeks to comply and must be fully vaccinated. McDonough said, “We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the delta variant spreads across the country.”
“Whenever a veteran or a VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19,” he continued. “With this mandate, we can once again make – and keep – that fundamental promise.”