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Riverside County Sheriff Asks For $32M In More Funding

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Speakers outraged by racial injustice and police brutality urged Riverside County supervisors Monday, June 15, to reduce Sheriff’s Department funding and redirect the money to social programs, education and housing.

Their comments, made during the Board of Supervisors’ hearing on next fiscal year’s budget, came the same day Sheriff Chad Bianco made the case for more funding, saying he needed $32 million more than what the county executive office originally wanted to give him just to maintain the status quo.

The executive office, which oversees the budget, now wants to restore a proposed cut to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department budget and add another $16.7 million to Bianco’s department. Supervisors have until June 30 to pass a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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