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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 03:47 PM

De Blasio confirms he'll cut $1B from NYPD budget

Source: Politico

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to cut $1 billion from the budget of the NYPD, he said Monday.

Amid protests over the death of George Floyd, activists and City Council members have been demanding a billion-dollar cut to the police department’s roughly $6 billion budget. POLITICO first reported Sunday night the mayor's office had agreed to a slate of cuts laid out by the City Council. De Blasio initially resisted the push, but confirmed at a press briefing Monday that he sent a proposal to the Council that included the $1 billion in savings.

“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,” the mayor told reporters.

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.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2020/06/29/de-blasio-confirms-hell-cut-1b-from-nypd-budget-1295930

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