De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the NYPD


De Blasio said earlier this month that New York City could be ready for phase two by July.

New York City spends about $6 billion of its $90 billion budget on policing. Police officers turned their backs to the mayor when he attended the officers' funerals - events that proved to be a turning point in the de Blasio administration, making the mayor more eager to accommodate the department. The curfew was initially imposed last week as mass protests grew against police brutality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.

Some of those activists involved in Sunday's conversation were former crisis director at the National Action Network Mike Tucker, who lost his own son to police violence and founded "Lay the Guns Down;" Anthony Beckford, City Council candidate and President of the Brooklyn Black Lives Matter chapter; and members of Eric Garner's family.

De Blasio announced a series of police reforms on the same day that the Minneapolis City Council announced plans to disband its police department after the failure of previous reforms.

"The only change to discuss is the change that can happen now", he said. "As soon as the protests started, we felt such a disconnect, because we're supposed to be the ones out there figuring this stuff out, we want to effect change and make things better", said one of the letter's signatories, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect his job.

The specifics of how much funding will be reallocated were not revealed, with de Blasio saying specifics will be released in the coming weeks.

An MTA worker hands out free hand sanitizer and face masks at the Grand Central Station subway during morning rush hour
De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the NYPD

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN on Sunday that she does not believe "that you should disband police departments", but "we need to look at how we are spending the resources and invest more in our communities". De Blasio said they would have "the ability to bring their concerns to the highest levels of the make sure there's a truer, deep connection between communities and the NYPD".

De Blasio on Sunday hit back by pointing out that police unions "have held back progress" on meaningful reforms.

The mayor also reiterated support for reform of a state law to provide for more transparency in the police force, and announced that the NYPD would no longer be enforcing street vendor laws and regulations.

What will be clear in the street name and on the streets of our city is that message, that now our city must fully, fully, deeply feel - and this nation must as well - that Black Lives Matter.

Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, was doubtful Sunday that Mr.

"I know he just recently said that he wasn't going to do that", he said. "It's good-policing. It's not no-policing", McCray said. "I guess, let's see what he says on Monday and what his next decision is going to be". I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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