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NYC Mayor de Blasio, City Council Pass Budget That Cuts $1 Billion From NYPD

NYC Mayor de Blasio, City Council Pass Budget That Cuts $1 Billion From NYPD

AOC denounced the budget because she literally wants to defund the police.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council passed the city’s $88.1 billion budget, which includes slashing $1 billion from the NYPD.

From The New York Post:

The substantial cuts to the NYPD came in response to demonstrations seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

The effects will include, in part, reducing overtime by $352 million and trimming the size of the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety despite a recent surge in shootings.

A large chunk of the NYPD cuts — $349.5‬ million — was realized by transferring the department’s school safety and crossing guard functions to other city agencies.

Johnson promised the shift was indicative of a larger policy shift in how schools and students are policed.

The budget passed with a 32-17 vote.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) voted against the budget:

“My concern with this budget is not just about the $1 billion cut, but more about the NYPD’s culture,” said Richards, chairman of the committee that oversees the NYPD and the prohibitive favorite to become the next Queens borough president.

“A $1 billion budget cut can’t address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD,” he said.

“We must send a clear message that it’s not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it’s not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air.”

Added Richards: “We must send a clear message that it’s not okay to shoot unarmed black men like Sean Bell and Ramarley Graham.”

NYC Council Minority Whip Joseph Borelli reminded everyone that violence has escalated in the city and the cuts will make it worse. He noted that New Yorkers witnessed “72 shootings last week alone, and not one shot by [a] NYPD officer.”

Demonstrators and protesters have camped out in City Hall Park for about a week, demanding the council defund the NYPD.

They clashed with officers yesterday ahead of the vote:

Police say 18-year-old Dominique Tombeau was caught spray painting the statue on 31 Chambers Street at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Tombeau has been charged with making graffiti, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were “incidents of vandalism,” “graffiti on some of the statues” and “attempts to damage some cameras” used by police.

Officers arrested a man they say punched an officer in the face and head with his fist around 5:45 a.m. Joseph Konnaris, 20, of Queens, is charged with assault, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

A third arrest, for disorderly conduct, is pending.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, who represents the Bronx and Queens, rejected the budget. She wants to defund the police:

The protesters and demonstrators hate the new budget. Activist Jawanza James Williams said they “are being gaslit” and it shows “they don’t understand what we’re saying.”

The NYPD and protesters had another clash Wednesday morning:

Police in riot gear descended on protesters camped outside City Hall early Wednesday, just hours after the City Council voted to slash the NYPD’s funding by $1 billion.

Posts on social media show cops making several arrests as they pull away barricades that penned in the protesters demanding massive cuts to the NYPD.

Several dozen cops encircled the penned in protesters beginning at 5:30 a.m. before moving in and removing barricades, protesters said on Twitter.

Cops moved in after protesters decided to keep occupying City Hall Park even after the City Council passed a budget just after 12 a.m. that slashes the NYPD’s funding by about $1 billion.

“They are surrounding the camp with riot police after protesters voted to keep the camp,” poster Left Voice wrote on Twitter.

Another poster said that cops brought chain saws to clear the barricades, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they were used.

The police retreated from the protesters after the clash. Protesters screamed, “Whose Streets? Our streets!” Others sang to the cops, “Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”


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What could possibly go wrong?

You reap what you sow.

Everything has consequences. And often are not what you expect.

The ripple effect.

    Virginia42 in reply to UserP. | July 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    NYC voters put this turd in office. Twice. Hope they are enjoying the fruits of their stupidity.

….and all in the hope that Trump puts the military in the streets.

JusticeDelivered | July 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm

One thing I have not seen mentioned is the cost to eventually hire and train new police. This layoff will lead to the most marketable officers leaving, regardless of rather they are to be laid off.

This will be a disaster, and they will have to hire police again, and because things will be much worse, they will need more that they laid off.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    This is going to be a multi-generational disaster like Detroit and Baltimore. They have already cancelled the hire of 1100+ new officers, and retirements are up 49%. Those today are not the ones going to bear the fiscal cost of hiring new cops. Assuming that New York survives as a political entity that long, it will be generations from now that that will be a problem.

    No Bailouts for New York! City or State.

    Subotai Bahadur

JusticeDelivered | July 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm

than they laid off. I probably need edit more than most people:)

As immutable and as predictable as any law of physics, we can predict the following to occur:
1) A massive increase in robberies, batteries, rapes and homicides, in NYC.
2) The creation of a new generation of Bernie Goetz’s; citizens defending themselves against unrestrained, gleeful sociopaths, many of whom will be criminally charged for possessing the temerity to resist criminals’ predations.

    legacyrepublican in reply to guyjones. | July 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I think you are too pessimistic, or rather, slightly off the mark. This is a lawyer’s wet dream.

    Expect a ton of lawsuits regarding bullying and other crimes that happen in the schools. That one billion in savings will soon go out the door to lawyers hungry for food.

    randian in reply to guyjones. | July 1, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I think you forgot:

    Step 3: A demand for more tax dollars to fix the problem they created by cutting police
    Step 4: A demand for even more restrictions on liberty (such as even worse gun control, if such is possible) to fix the problem.

I have said it before, but it is obvious to me the real goal of the Communists to to create a new security force whose primary job is to fight “racism” (meaning “arrest and incarcerate anyone whose politics the authorities disagree with”). Rape, murder, robbery, burglary – those will not be the primary concern of this new force and will be mostly ignored.

NYC residents are already getting a tiny taste of what is to come, with the city’s Communist leadership showing complete indifference to the rising crime rate in order to concentrate on going after political opponents.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | July 1, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    And all of that assisted by evil Tech……

    Sidney Powell Flag of United States⭐⭐⭐
    account appears restored. Thank you for your concern & support. The rampage I went on yesterday to stop the violence, #StandUp for America Flag of United States& American values & rebutting the lies of the #NYTimes must have been too much for them!

    The commies, the commies are comming. We need to fight them on the beaches of Vietnam or we will have to fight them on the beaches of California. That sort of thinking only lead to tens of thousands of deaths, maimed and destroyed. You don’t remember that? And you don’t remember the Wall that came down? Or the fall of the USSR? Oh yes. Putin and his bois, (Trump his close butt friend – obviously!, and Flynn too) are coming. They got into one computer somewhere and spent $100k trying to figure out where Iowa is or was. Yes, they are coming and starting all the problems in the good ol’ USA.

Just yesterday, the Broadway League announced that all 41 venues in the theater district will remain closed for the remainder of the year.
By the time these cuts go into force, there won’t be anybody who will want to venture into Manhattan.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Neo. | July 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    No more Broadway?

    That might be a good thing just like the destruction of Hollywood…


    healthguyfsu in reply to Neo. | July 1, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I already had zero desire to visit that hellhole of arrogant d-bags. Now I hope it gets a wipeout and reset of culture and government.

    randian in reply to Neo. | July 1, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Snake Plissken is looking more and more like a prophet for our times.

Laboratory of democracy in action. Between NYC and Minneapolis and maybe some other locations in the coming weeks the rest of the nation can observe their experience.

This is an excellent way to remind us all of the importance of Federalism. God speed to those directly impacted in NYC, Minneapolis and elsewhere.

    Virginia42 in reply to CommoChief. | July 1, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Keep in mind the media will lie and distort whatever is going on, just like they are now.

      CommoChief in reply to Virginia42. | July 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm


      Yes the MSM will tell lies and spin to try and distort the truth. Even today though, despite the narrow MSM groupthink and despite their lives there are still avenues for the truth to find its way into the conversation.

      You can fool some of the people all the time and fool all of the people some of the time BUT you can’t fool all the people all of the time….

      My advice is learn the facts, be able to articulate them and find those people who are willing to be converted so to speak. Don’t waste time and emotional effort on those who will not see.

People warn of a Civil War but I think what really needs to happen is the Red Areas need to Let the Blue Areas burn to the ground.

I don’t say this out of malice (at least not entirely) but the “divide” needs to start with those of us who want to live in a sane America that existed before to run our areas our way and quit spending our time money and emotions on people who vote for Democrats.

This is getting to be a Codependent situation with Democrats being the Addict and The rest of us being enablers and at some point the “addict” has to hit bottom and go to Rehab or be left to destroy themselves.