Black Lives Matter protesters demand LA mayor be excluded from Biden Cabinet: reports

Garcetti was co-chair of Biden's campaign

Black Lives Matter protesters this week reportedly demanded that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti be excluded from consideration for a Cabinet position in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration

CBS Los Angeles reported that protesters gathered outside Garcetti’s home to protest his handling of issues like homelessness and the police, and demand that he not be picked for a Biden Cabinet position.

Garcetti was co-chair of the Biden campaign and has had a rocky relationship with Black Lives Matter, which has been critical of his handling of the LAPD and protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

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In the summer he rejected the group’s proposal to cut the Los Angeles Police Department's $1.8 billion operating budget by 90 percent.

"We are demanding that [Garcetti] stop giving the most murderous police department in the U.S. a blank check," BLM-LA stated in an email, obtained by City News Service.

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The email continued: "We must defund the police and invest in life-affirming services. We also demand that the Biden administration refuse to select L.A.'s sycophant, self-seeking mayor for a Cabinet position in which he is completely unqualified."

Biden has been rolling out Cabinet and other administration picks this week. They include Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, and Avril Haines to serve as the first woman to lead the intelligence community, among other positions.

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