New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced he intends to cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s ( NYPD) roughly $6 billion budget.
The slash in funding comes despite the increase in violence and rioting New York and the rest of the nation has experienced over the past several weeks, in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.
“I am excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution, and at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe,” de Blasio told reporters on Monday, June 29, according to Politico.
“Everything was with an eye to safety, so we will be able to ensure the patrol strength we need. We will be able to ensure that school safety can do its job. The school safety issue would be addressed over several years,” de Blasio continued.
“I was skeptical at first, and wanted to see how it could all come together,” he added. “A lot of painstaking work occurred to figure out the right way to do things.”
On Sunday night Politico reported the cuts had been given the go-ahead by de Blasio’s administration after they had been put forward by New York City members of council.
“The deal involves moving school safety agents, who are unarmed but wear police uniforms, into the Department of Education, canceling a July class of roughly 1,100 police recruits, and shifting certain homeless outreach operations away from police control,” reported Politico.
The deadline for approval of the budget cut is midnight, Tuesday.
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) press representative, Anthonine Pierre, was highly critical of the slash in funding, “Mayor de Blasio and Speaker [Corey] Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement’s demands for at least $1B in direct cuts.”
“You must vote no on any budget that presents funny math and budget tricks that don’t amount to a true reduction of at least $1 billion to the NYPD expense budget where the $1 billion-plus all related savings can be reinvested in communities—or you must go back to the drawing board and create a budget that truly serves New Yorkers. We will accept nothing less,” said CPR in a statement on June 29.