A recent Rasmussen poll showed that the majority of black communities are concerned about crime in their communities… but instead of helping, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has bowed to the Marxist controlled movement and promised to cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) confirmed Monday that he will slash $1 billion from the budget of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), despite a surge in shootings in the wake of protests and violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.
“I am excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution, and at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe,” De Blasio told reporters, according to Politico.
“Everything was with an eye to safety, so we will be able to ensure the patrol strength we need. We will be able to ensure that school safety can do its job. The school safety issue would be addressed over several years,” the mayor continued.
“I was skeptical at first, and wanted to see how it could all come together,” he added. “A lot of painstaking work occurred to figure out the right way to do things.”
De Blasio’s remarks come after Politico reported Sunday that night the mayor’s office greenlighted the cuts, which were proposed by New York City City Council members:
“The deal involves moving school safety agents, who are unarmed but wear police uniforms, into the Department of Education, canceling a July class of roughly 1,100 police recruits, and shifting certain homeless outreach operations away from police control,” the news outlet detailed.
The city’s budget must be approved by midnight Tuesday.
Anthonine Pierre, a press representative for Communities United for Police Reform, slammed De Blasio’s plan to cut funding for the NYPD: “Mayor de Blasio and Speaker [Corey] Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement’s demands for at least $1B in direct cuts”
“This is a lie,” Pierre added.
Plans to slash funding come after the New York Post reported that shootings in New York City surged following the NYPD’s recent decision to dismantle its plainclothes anti-crime unit. In the last nine days, 110 people have reportedly been shot in the Big Apple.
In a Monday morning press conference at City Hall, the Democrat said the saved money would be diverted to “young people.”
“My office presented to City Council a plan that would achieve the billion in savings for the NYPD and shift resources to young people, to communities in a way that would help address a lot of the underlying issues that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society,” he said. His plan is in line with the city council leaders, who have also called for a billion-dollar cut to the police department’s budget.
With COVID-19 still sweeping the U.S. and more than 40 million Americans still out of work, de Blasio said New York City faces “the toughest budget that we’ve had to do as an administration here at City Hall.” He said the city’s proposed budget, which is due Tuesday, is currently $8 billion less than what had been proposed in February.
“We’re in a whole different situation in fact than New York City has ever faced in our history – a health care crisis, an economic crisis, a disparity crisis, a budget crisis all wrapped into one and on a massive, massive scale,” he said. “We’ve gotta focus on those basics health, safety, food, shelter.”
But de Blasio added that “we have an unprecedented opportunity to change some things.”
The mayor’s move comes as scores of officers in the NYPD are retiring. By mid-June, the department saw 233 members file for retirement, nearly double the number over the same time period last year, CBS New York reports.
Sources told the station there’s been a 19% increase in retirements of uniformed officers since March compared to the same period last year. “What we’re experiencing here in the NYPD is no different than what other jurisdictions are experiencing,” said retired NYPD Lt. Darrin Porcher, who teaches criminal justice at Pace University.
“The lack of support from political leaders is one component,” he said. “The second component is the cantankerous relationship between police and community in connection with police and community relations. And third, you just have external issues, such as maybe family members that may feel a sense of repulsiveness to you being an officer.”
Meanwhile, according to New York Police Department statistics, murder, burglary, and grand larceny auto crimes have spiked in New York City since protests began following the death of George Floyd, who perished while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
There have been more than 40 murders since citywide protests began — twice as many as during the same period last year, according to NYPD stats as of up to June 14. So far this year, there have been 159 murders — a number 25% higher than last year, the statistics show.
De Blasio said the NYPD cutbacks are in line with other agencies.
“The NYPD is being treated clearly in a specific manner. A number of agencies are being cut quite a bit, but we’re dealing with a specific reality with the NYPD unquestionably,” he said.
The NYPD has the largest police force in the country, with nearly 36,000 uniformed members and 19,000 civilian members. While de Blasio offered no details, other city officials have called for reducing overtime and trimming the force by attrition. Some of the money saved can be moved into social services and community outreach programs.
“It‘s important to show that we are going to make changes in this city. We are going to refocus our efforts on young people in particular,” de Blasio said. “It’s being done in a smart safe manner and I know the NYPD can handle it effectively.”
Incidentally, a majority of New Yorkers OPPOSE this move.
A majority of New York state voters don’t support reducing funding for police departments, even as they agree the recent killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks are part of a “pattern of excessive police violence toward Black people,” a poll released Tuesday shows.
Mr. Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man, was killed while in police custody on May 25. Mr. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot by Atlanta police officers on June 12. The killings have spurred nationwide protests over police brutality and racism.
The poll, by Siena College Research Institute, found broad variations in respondents’ attitudes on police issues depending on demographic factors like geography, race and political affiliation.
Ninety-one percent of Black respondents said they believed there was a pattern of excessive police violence, while 9% said the killings of Messrs. Floyd and Brooks were tragic, isolated instances. Forty percent of white respondents agreed with the latter statement, while 53% of the white voters surveyed last week said they were part of a pattern.
The poll found 57% of the 806 voters surveyed opposed reducing funding for police departments, and 60% said in response to a separate question that they opposed defunding police. Opposition to reducing funding for police was higher in upstate areas and the suburbs of New York City; 51% of respondents from New York City said they supported reducing police funding.
“Defund the police” has been a rallying cry at many demonstrations across the U.S., and lawmakers in New York City are considering a new budget that would reduce the New York Police Department’s budget.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he was willing to shift $1 billion from the Police Department’s $6 billion budget to other city agencies. He also said he wanted the city to reallocate $500 million from the NYPD’s capital budget and put the money toward building youth centers and other facilities at public-housing developments.
New York state lawmakers earlier in June enacted laws to criminalize the use of chokeholds by police, to designate the attorney general to investigate and potentially prosecute instances where a civilian dies at the hands of police and to allow citizens to access disciplinary records of public safety officers.
The poll found broad support for these measures — 80% of those surveyed said they were good for the state — as well as agreement on several policies that are being considered by Congress.
“At least 70 percent of Democrats, Republicans, independents, Blacks, Latinos, and whites agree on each of three police reforms: creating a national database of police misconduct; a federal law banning chokeholds by police; and, having mental-health professionals respond with police on calls involving homelessness, drug addiction or mental health,” poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said.
The poll, which was conducted by phone from June 23 to 25, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Media Myth-Makers Busted:
Black Americans are the demographic group MOST CONCERNED about a shortage of police officers and reduced public safety in the community where they live.
And – support for Police is BI-PARTISAN. Please retweet.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 24, 2020