The idea to defund the police has spread across the nation after the death of George Floyd, and many elected officials have weighed in on the idea.
As part of the nationwide “In Plain Sight” activist artwork protest, skywriting fleets left artist-created messages in the skies above Southern California detention centers, immigration courts, and other landmarks over the Fourth of July weekend.
The Bakersfield City Council voted at Wednesday’s meeting to adopt a budget that many say allocates too much money to the Bakersfield Police Department.
At a community budget meeting held Friday via Zoom, nearly 90 community members called to defund the Bakersfield Police Department and reallocate those funds to other community services.
Timoteo Prado, an organizer for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, had left the store when he was stopped by police officers and detained in 1992.
A black man struck by a car near downtown Bakersfield during a protest on Wednesday night has died, the Bakersfield Police Department confirmed.