Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city will not be increasing its police budget during a briefing Wednesday afternoon.
"We need to make a firm commitment to change," he said. "We need to make sure black Americans see an end to the days of murder in broad daylight and traffic stops simply because of the color of their skin."
He said he has instructed the city council, through the City Administrative Officer, will try to identify $250 million in cuts to every department, including the police department, to invest in jobs, education "and healing" adding the money will be focused on helping the black community.
As recently as today, the protests in downtown LA, Hollywood and elsewhere were all peaceful.
The reduction in police budget comes numerous calls for a reduction in recent days.
Just today, three City Council members filed a motion to cut the budget by $100 million to $150 million for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.