Miami, Florida, residents are being told to buy an attack dog and “some firearms” in light of pending budget cuts slated to reduce the police force by “250 police officers.”
The cuts are part of a budget proposed by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
According to 7 News WSVN, the budget cuts will eliminate “close to 650 county jobs to fill a $64 million hole in the general fund.”
While Mayor Gimenez says he wants “the same number of patrol officers on the street… [as] today” once the new budget goes into effect, he also admits it could eliminate the jobs of “about 250 police officers.”
Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera reacted to the proposal by saying:
If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is… buy yourself an attack dog, put bars or your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.
Mayor Gimenez says if the police union will meet him “halfway” a lot of the jobs can be saved.
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