As the Los Angeles City Council weighed options to address a $208-million shortfall, Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Monday ordered the city's top budget analyst to prepare a plan that could include layoffs of police officers and firefighters.
Last week, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana outlined plans for the elimination of as many as 1,500 city positions, but none of those cuts were from the Police Department or the mayor's and council members' offices.
Building up the city's police force by more than 1,000 officers has been one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's top priorities and has had the council's backing, but that support has waned as the budget crisis has deepened.
Antwan Whitlock, 35, of Union Township, allegedly slashed an officer with a knife in late December, officials said. He was later hit with a Taser and stabbed himself in the chest, although he was not hit when officers fired at him after the alleged knife attack, according to the state attorney general’s office.