It’s really going to happen: New York City is planning to pull $1 billion from its police department in the crime-ridden city of 8.3 million.
After approving an annual budget on Tuesday, the New York City Council announced the 2021 budget will include $837 million in cuts and transfers from the police department’s expense budget, Fox News reported.
New York City is currently led by a Marxist mayor, Bill de Blasio, who announced the funds moved from the NYPD would go for youth activities.
A spokesman for the City Council told the media the budget was negotiated "with a focus on police reform, youth services, and achieving equity,particularly for low-income communities of color."
The mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, told Time Magazine in June that a city without police would be a “utopia” but added it would be difficult to accomplish in such a large city.
Law enforcement advocate Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue points out that at least 233 NYPD officers have left the job since March, many of them entering retirement early.
“They're already losing cops right and left,” he warns. “Their morale is so bad. The social tenor is changed to the point where cops are just saying, I've had enough, and they're leaving.”
New York City, meanwhile, has witnessed a huge spike in violent crime: the city logged 125 shootings during the first three weeks of June, more than double 2019 figures, The New York Times reported.
Law enforcement traced the rise in crime to a liberal bail law, enacted this year, that limits a judge’s ability to hold people in jail before trial, the Times said.
“What [de Blasio] is doing,” Sutton tells OneNewsNow, “is endangering the lives of the entire population of the city that he is sworn to serve. It's absolutely unconscionable.”
The loss of $1 billion did not please the city's congresswoman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"Defunding police means defunding police," she said. "It does not mean budget tricks or funny math."
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