Ocasio-Cortez: $1B Cut to NYPD Isn’t Enough, ‘Disingenuous Illusion’

Clay Curtis
July 3, 2020

"It sends a message to New Yorkers that, in a time of economic and public health devastation, the city can not adequately fund senior services, city hospitals. or youth jobs, can not afford to hire doctors, nurses, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, but, unquestionably, needs to add over 1,000 police officers", Williams added.

The Tuesday decision has received mixed reactions in the wake of nationwide anti-racism protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, with some questioning the effectiveness of the redirection and others saying the move doesn't go far enough in defunding the police.

The latest spending plan hopes to answer calls from protesters to "thwart" the NYPD by cutting and transferring $ 1 billion from its budget, four sources confirmed. "It does not mean budget tricks or amusing math".

According to The New York Times, a cut in police funding of $1 billion would be included in an austerity budget agreed to by Mayor Bill de Blasio and officials.

On Monday, de Blasio confirmed plans to slash police funding, telling reporters: "I am excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform".

The annual budget for NY has been slashed from $93 billion a year ago to $88 billion due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled the Big Apple's economy.

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The vote did little to assuage the demonstrators, however, many of whom said they meant to stay outside City Hall indefinitely.

"I am disappointed", Johnson said at a news conference. "They just want families and young people to be treated fairly", said Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, who represents a Bronx district where more than half of residents are Hispanic and about 40 percent are Black. We will be able to ensure that school safety can do its job.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller, a cochairman of the City Council's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, voted in favour of the budget but said he disagreed with reducing the size of the NYPD.

The vote by the council came at an extraordinary moment when the nation's biggest city is grappling simultaneously with a $9-billion revenue loss because of the coronavirus pandemic and with pressure to cut back on policing and invest more in community and social programs. The city has about 5,300 civilian school safety agents. "Moving police from the NYPD to other agencies does nothing to reduce police violence".

The budget negotiations were shaped by two crises that have shaken the city. De Blasio said details were being worked out, but the Education Department would train the agents. Before the coronavirus hit, De Blasio proposed a spending plan of more than $95 billion for the fiscal year that starts Wednesday.

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