New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) confirmed that the city government will seek to cut some of the New York Police Department’s funding and instead redirect those funds to various “youth and social services,” as reported by the New York Daily News.
De Blasio made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday, declaring that “we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that our focus is on young people,” and that the funds are redirected “in a way that we are certain continues to ensure that this city will be safe.”
The NYPD’s budget is approximately $6 billion, and the city of New York is currently facing an overall budget shortfall of $9 billion due to the coronavirus causing a significant loss of tax revenue.
The announcement marks the latest in a series of drastic steps taken by Democratic leaders across the country to significantly reduce, or even outright abolish, funding for police departments. In the wake of violent race riots across the country, far-left activists have demanded the abolition of police in America due to unproven accusations of “systematic racism” or “police brutality” against African-Americans.In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti (D-Calif.) confirmed plans to cut up to $150 million from the LAPD budget in order to redirect it to black community projects, in a move that still did not satisfy local leaders of the far-left Black Lives Matter movement. In Minneapolis, the city council has announced their plans to eventually vote to permanently disband the Minneapolis Police Department.