AOC: $1 billion budget cut to NYPD not enough; ‘Defund the police means defund the police’


WASHINGTON, DC – White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ripped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) on Wednesday after the firebrand leftist congresswoman said a drastic $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget was not enough. 

In a statement, AOC, the democrat representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, said the cuts were a “disingenuous illusion” and called for further defunding as the City experiences a surge in gun shootings and violence.

AOC went on to say:

“This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues–defunding the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

Based on AOC’s bold statements about the recent budget cuts to the NYPD budget, McEnany told reporters at Wednesday’s White House briefing:

“It’s unacceptable when you have people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really suggesting where the Democratic Party stands today because taking a billion [dollars] away from the NYPD officers wasn’t enough for her–she wants to take it all away.

“She doesn’t want police officers and that’s a really unacceptable proposition.”

McEnany also told reporters during the briefing that President Trump stands firmly behind the city’s finest and noted a recent HuffPost/You-Gov survey which found most Americans did not support the movement to defund police departments:

“We’re at a place where 64 percent of the nation are concerned that the growing criticism of America’s police will lead to a shortage of police officers that will harm all Americans. It’s an untenable principle.”

For New York, slashing the NYPD budget by $1 billion was not an easy decision, but the substantial cuts to the NYPD came in response to demonstration seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Flyod’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. 

Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote:

“Heart-wrenching, impossible choices had to be made. It was not easy–today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today’s budget agreement is one of necessity.”

The effects of the budget cut 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 the recent surge in shootings and gun violence that is sweeping through their city. 

Johnson said he was ultimately “disappointed” with the budget, saying he wanted deeper cuts to the NYPD and a larger reduction of its force, but the mayor would not budge on those items.

Mayor de Blasio said:

“It won’t be easy. We’re asking a lot of the NYPD, but the NYPD is up to the mission. I don’t have a doubt in my mind–they will find a way to be more effective and efficient, they have for years and they will keep us safe.”

Once the budget was voted on and approved, AOC fired at the Mayor saying he used “budget tricks” and “funny math” to make it look like he had defunded the city’s police department. 

In a tweet, she accused Big Apple officials of achieving the cuts with a:

“Budgetary sleight of hand: moving school safety officers under the Department of Education.”

Mayor de Blasio responded back saying:

“Well, she’s just wrong–the facts are we took money from the NYPD, put it into youth programs. We are reducing the size of the NYPD, but still in a way that can keep us safe.”

AOC continued:

“It does not mean counting cuts in overtime as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. The fight to defund policing continues.”

In an interview with Fox Business Network earlier Wednesday, the Queens-born President Trump described the cuts to the NYPD as “very sad” and lashed at de Blasio without referring to him by name:

“I’m a big fan of New York’s Finest. We call them New York’s Finest, the policeman, and what he’s done to that incredible group of men and women is very sad. It’s very sad.”


While funding is being stripped away from police, criminals are being let out of jail. But that’s nothing new.

Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s most recent report on that.

When you think of stories about cops and criminals in the state of New York, some might assume that the story is coming out of New York City. However, over the past few months, the city of Buffalo has been in a lot of news cycles. 

One of the events that made news was that of Deyanna Davis, who is accused of running over a New York State Trooper and injuring two others.  She’s on the verge of being released from jail while awaiting trial, after Judge Jeremiah McCarthy ruled that the state did not meet the burden of proof to show Davis was too much of a danger to keep her in jail. 

McCarthy said that prosecutors did not present a compelling argument. 

According to WGRZ, Davis is also facing includes possession of an illegal firearm, but the defense team argues it was not hers. 

“But Judge McCarthy says the evidence in the case shows someone else in the car had the weapon, and Davis’ defense attorney argues that Davis initially was trying to go to the store and was trying to seek medical care after being shot.

‘No one can actually tell us when my client was shot, no one can tell us who shot my client, and all the evidence seems to show that she did not move that vehicle until she started to experience gunfire,’ said Sam Davis, Davis’ attorney. They are not related.

‘If the government isn’t able to get a higher judge to listen by Tuesday at 5, then we can all spring into action and get her home or to the hospital actually to continue healing from the gunshot wounds,’ Davis said.” 

Prosecutors are contesting the judge’s decision. They do have until 5 PM on Tuesday to submit the documents that oppose her release. 

Davis, who was also charged with attempted robbery in 2009 and intimidating a witness in 2013, is no stranger to to the criminal justice system. Should the DA’s office fail to file or convince a judge to overturn the decision, she could be scheduled for release, assuming that a stipulation is met. 

That stipulation is $200,000 bond. That figure is to be achieved through several other family members each securing $25,000 to pay that bond. 

If she is released, she would be electronically monitored. 

 There are multiple “defenses’ of Davis’ actions. One being that she only drove forward after being shot and being unable to back up. One Twitter user said she was shot by police. Another user said she hit the cop because she had faulty breaks. 

Neither of those accounts match what police say happened. 

According to New York State Police Troop A Commander Major James Hall, the injured officers were stationed at a Bailey Avenue, simply acting as a line barrier.

He stated that there were instances of rocks being thrown, among other things, but described the moment when the SUV came gunning toward the line of officers:

“Traffic was stopped in front of the line and the individual that’s driving the SUV went around and ran into the line and injured the officers, all three of them.”

There was also a petition being circulated asking for her release, cause she is a mother and an ‘advocate’. She is also someone with a criminal record who is alleged to have run over a cop and is facing charges, among others, of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Here is the original story we brought you regarding the circumstances surrounding this event. 

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Police say that three individuals are now facing charges after an SUV reportedly ran into a police line in Buffalo, New York which resulted in three officers being injured.

According to New York State Police Troop A Commander Major James Hall, the injured officers were stationed at Bailey Avenue, simply acting as a line barrier:

“Those individuals made up of State Police and Buffalo Police personnel, and we were just holding a line on the road.”

Major Hall noted that all the officers were attempting to do was ensure the streets remained safe for those who were peacefully demonstrating.

He stated that there were instances of rocks being thrown, among other things, but described the moment when the SUV came gunning toward the line of officers:

“Traffic was stopped in front of the line and the individual that’s driving the SUV went around and ran into the line and injured the officers, all three of them.”

The three officers injured were identified as Officer Joseph Walters from the Buffalo Police Department and Troopers Ronald Ensminger and Randall Shenefiel from the New York State Police. Trooper Ensminger sustained a broken leg and pelvis, which is said to require surgery.

Officer Walters was said to have suffered a broken leg and Trooper Shenefiel’s hand was reportedly injured as a result of the impact.

The SUV’s driver, as well as the two passengers, are facing charges.

Deyanna Davis was said to be the driver of the SUV, and is scheduled for an arraignment on June 3rd for charges related to felony assaulting of an officer.

Davis is also facing charges along with the two vehicle occupants Walter Stewart and Sermaj Pigram, which are criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

The weapons and stolen property charges are said to have stemmed from a gun found inside of the SUV that was reported stolen earlier this year, according to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn:

“There was a gun, an illegal weapon, that was found in the back of that car. Mr. Pigram and Mr. Stewart were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, in addition to criminal possession of stolen property, because that gun that was found in the car was reported stolen in January.”

Bail amounts have already been determined for Pigram and Stewart, which was $100,000 for Pigram and $175,000 for Stewart.

The reason for Stewart having a higher bail amount was due to an existing warrant for his arrest, according to Flynn.

Two of the vehicle occupants were said to have suffered gun shot wounds at some point during the incident. Flynn said investigators are trying to determine whether the wounds came from inside the vehicle, from outside agitators, or from police firing at the vehicle.

Elsewhere within the state of New York, there’s an ongoing manhunt in The Big Apple related to two officers injured in a hit and run. 

Both officers are hospitalized but are expected to survive.

The first happened in the Bronx early Tuesday, when the officer was mowed down at the intersection of East 170th Street and Walton Avenue in Mt. Eden by the driver of a dark sedan.

The incident was captured via dramatic footage that police hope will help locate the suspect.

The officer was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

In the video of the hit-and-run, which was posted to Twitter, you can see the officer get launched into the air and hit another vehicle after being struck.

“That’s a f—ing cop,” a woman recording the footage says after impact. “Oh s–t!”

The officer lands in the middle of the intersection and several other people, who are believed to be officers, rush over.

An NYPD van rushes in and the injured officer is put in the vehicle.

“Oh my God, oh my God!” witnesses can be heard saying.

Just moments after, three more police vehicles show up and the van carrying the wounded officer drives off.

The witness later said on social media there were helicopters in the area “chasing that car down.”

Another officer was hit by a vehicle when he tried to stop a cellphone store burglary on Eighth Street in Manhattan.

Few details are available on that attack, but police have said no arrests have been made in either case.


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