New York, NY – Eight days ago, Law Enforcement Today shared with you the details (shown later) behind Bill de Blasio’s concepts to defund the NYPD.
While numerous people, speaking anonymously, stated that he would never get the support he needed from both the union and the City Council, the latter is apparently worming up to the idea of cutting almost 17% of the annual budget.
The 51-member City Council now has at least 8 members that are willing to vote to reduce the budget by $1B.
“We believe that we can and should work to get to $1 billion in cuts to New York City’s police spending in the Fiscal 2021 budget, an unprecedented reduction that would not only limit the scope of the NYPD, but also show our commitment towards moving away from the failed policing policies of the past,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) said.
According to the NY Post:
“Johnson was joined by at least 7 other members of the council. They are Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo (D-Brooklyn), Democratic Conference Chair Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn), co-chairs of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) and Adrienne Adams (D-Queens), as well as Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx), and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards (D-Queens).
‘There is no doubt that this is an ambitious goal, but it is one that the time we are in calls for — both here in New York City and nationwide,’ the elected officials said.
The lawmakers claim they’ve already identified ways to slash the law enforcement budget by ‘reducing uniform headcount through attrition, cutting overtime, shifting responsibilities away from the NYPD, finding efficiencies and savings in OTPS spending, and lowering associated fringe expenses.’”
$5B sounds like a lot of money. And it is, until you look at what all goes into that budget.
This is unethical. https://t.co/QWteOjboDF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2020
The NYPD employs roughly 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian employees. 36,000 to protect, serve and assist the nearly 9 million residents in the city, and the 62.8 million tourists the city welcomes every year. And let’s not forget how many additional people commute into the city everyday for work, which is 1.6 million more.
And now the budget for that department is unethical? This is the department that tragically lost 23 officers on 9/11 and 241 since then from 9/11 related injuries or illnesses.
36,000 men and women who need to be properly trained, equipped and supported.
The PD also has to maintain all of the precinct buildings as well as the vehicle fleet of 9600 cars, 11 boats and eight helicopters.
So sure, Congresswoman, we agree that $6B spent on the NYPD is unethical. It should probably be be closer to $10B.
As the war on law enforcement across America intensifies, so does the pandering from political leaders.
Last Sunday, de Blasio said that he will partially defund the NYPD and will divert that money to provide support to youth and social services.
— City of New York (@nycgov) June 7, 2020
Mayor de Blasio also stated that he was putting an immediate end to the city’s 8 pm curfew, which was the first curfew the city had seen since 1943. The ending of that curfew was no cataclysmic action as the it only ended one day ahead of schedule.
“We are committed to shifting resources,” de Blasio said,” according to a report by WPIX-11. “The investments in our youth are foundational.”
The defunding, the mayor claims, will not create an issue with increased safety risks to New Yorkers. Apparently less money being spent on salaries, training and equipment equates, which leads to fewer cops on the street, using outdated equipment and not being adequately trained, equates to safer citizens.
And of course the push to pander to rioters and pull funds from police will no doubt lead to increased tension.
“Defunding police has been one of the key demands of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrators in cities across the United States as they pressure mayors to reduce the funds allocated to law enforcement in favor of social services and youth.
In New York City it’s an especially touchy issue; three police officers were shot and stabbed this past Wednesday night.”
If you own a cell phone, laptop, tablet or TV, you undoubtedly know that these nationwide protests began as an effort to condemn the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine straight minutes as three other police officers stood alongside.
Floyd had been in prison 5 times, primarily for drug related offenses.
He was seen in surveillance video dropping a bag as he was confronted by police just prior to his arrest. His autopsy revealed that he was positive for COVID-19 and had multiple drugs in his system, to include methamphetamines and Fentanyl.
All four officers have been arrested and charged with various degrees of murder.
Unfortunately, the prompt response by Minnesota and federal justice officials seemed to have little impact on those across the country who have continued the protests, claiming that they are now marching in protest of “systemic racism” that has supposedly permeated every last police department, sheriff’s office and federal law enforcement agency in the country, leading to rampant police brutality aimed only at people of color.
The statistics and facts behind “legal intervention” deaths does not agree with that assumptive claim.
The facts of policing and the brutality that does exist (in rare occasions) have been completely lost on those protesting and the people who take protesting a step further, committing acts of violence, looting, arson and assault/murder.
According to the Jewish Press:
“On Friday at a memorial held for George Floyd at Cadman Plaza in New York, led by the victim’s brother, Terrence Floyd and various other leaders in the black community, thousands upon thousands of demonstrators crushed into the site – packing it as far as the eye could see.
And yet, despite all New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio had done to try to protect the right of the demonstrators to carry on their protests peacefully each day, he was booed the second he took to the podium.
Because he had finally been forced to agree with police in setting a curfew with teeth in order to protect the rest of the city from the vicious looting of the anarchists who had nearly destroyed commerce in the ‘city that never sleeps.’
After a single night of violence and havoc with an 11 pm curfew, de Blasio had finally been persuaded to dial the curfew back to 8 pm for the rest of the week, and to offer some verbal support to his law enforcement personnel.”
It was the latter of those actions de Blasio “was heckled, cursed and castigated roundly by Black Lives Matter, told to ‘shut up’ and finally harassed till he left the stage.”
“We will make peaceful change in this city,” he told the crowd.
“He still has to get the City Council to agree – and the unions,” said an NYPD family member who requested anonymity told JewishPress.com. “Not happening.”
There have been more than 30 members of the NYPD injured to go along with almost 50 police vehicles damaged since the start of the riots almost 2 weeks ago.