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NYPD clash with City Hall protesters when NYC decides to cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget


New York City – plagued by weeks of protests that ransacked businesses, set fireworks on fire, stained statues, and increased crime at a low level – has decided to cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget.

The cut, which is due to a $ 9 billion deficit in the city's revenue from coronavirus blocking, will strip $ 484 million from the overtime budget and transfer $ 354 million to other services, including relinquishing control of school security officials from NYPD to the Department of Education.

However, critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio, including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, say the bill is "gimmicks" and does not go far enough to reduce the troop's annual budget of $ 6 billion – activists instead in community service want to reinvest.

"These proposed" cuts "to the NYPD budget are an insincere illusion," said Ocasio-Cortez. & # 39; This is not a win. The fight against the police continues. & # 39;

After many hours of delay, a majority of 32 legislators called by conference call to adopt the budget protocol shortly before midnight, and 17 voted against.

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The unrest continues: protesters sang slogans during a protest to disappoint the NYPD in what they call the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" before voting on Tuesday

The vote takes place after weeks of protests and intense negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City struggles with a $ 9 billion loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic

The vote takes place after weeks of protests and intense negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City struggles with a $ 9 billion loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic

The demonstrators closed their arms on Tuesday in front of the town hall when lawmakers debated the city's budget on police work under increasing pressure from its residents

The demonstrators closed their arms on Tuesday in front of the town hall when lawmakers debated the city's budget on police work under increasing pressure from its residents

A protester climbs a statue near the camp in front of City Hall on Tuesday in front of the surrogacy court

A protester climbs a statue near the camp in front of City Hall on Tuesday in front of the surrogacy court

Protesters block traffic near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" that was established in protest against the New York City Police Department and in support of "Black Lives Matter".

Protesters block traffic near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" that was established in protest against the New York City Police Department and in support of "Black Lives Matter".

Officials from the New York City Police Department guard protective clothing on the City Hall grounds while the demonstrations continue in the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" that was established to protest the City Hall

Officials from the New York City Police Department guard protective clothing on the City Hall grounds while the demonstrations continue in the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" to protest their department

An ambulance drives through protesters near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone".

An ambulance drives through protesters near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone".

Protesters outside the town hall were camped, demanding that the city cut $ 1 billion from the ministry's budget as part of a nationwide campaign to "defuse" the police – a movement caused by the death of George Floyd and other black people Americans were raised by police officers.

The demonstrations continued on Tuesday on a seventh day. Thousands gathered outside the so-called "Autonomous Zone of the City Hall" before the vote.

Video footage shared on social media showed the moment when a violent clash between police officers and demonstrators broke out when officials tried to control the crowd by pushing them on the sidewalk with their batons.

A clip taken four hours before the decision shows officials yelling at demonstrators to resign, while an out-of-frame demonstrator shoots back at the police saying they are "not welcome here" and asking them to do so to go.

"You are dangerous and violent and you hurt us!" the protester screams.

Critics of the deal said early Wednesday morning that the billion dollar cut was not a billion dollar cut at all.

They found that part of the cut was just a relocation of police functions and they doubted that the promised reduction in overtime would ever happen.

City council spokesman Corey Johnson denied characterizing Mayor Bill de Blasio that $ 1 billion would be "pushed away" from the NYPD budget, saying the mayor and some council members had refused to agree to a police hiring freeze .

"I know there are many who are disappointed," he said before the vote. & # 39; I'm disappointed too. I wanted us to go deeper. & # 39;

Video footage shared on social media showed the moment when a violent clash between police officers and demonstrators broke out when officials tried to control the crowd by pushing them on the sidewalk with their batons

Scenes from the protests on Tuesday

Chaos: Video footage shared on social media showed the moment when a violent clash between police officers and demonstrators broke out when officials tried to control the crowd by pushing them on the sidewalk with their batons

Violence breaks out: Some protesters were pushed back when police kicked them with their night sticks

Violence breaks out: Some protesters were pushed back when police kicked them with their night sticks

A protester who is out of the frame hears him shoot back at the police, who is "not welcome here" and asks them to leave

A protester who is out of the frame hears him shoot back at the police, who is "not welcome here" and asks them to leave

A protester climbs onto a set of traffic lights and wears a shirt that says "Defund the Police" before a vote was taken at City Hall that pulled $ 1 billion from the NYPD

A protester climbs onto a set of traffic lights and wears a shirt that says "Defund the Police" before a vote was taken at City Hall that pulled $ 1 billion from the NYPD

Protesters host a seated protest on the steps of New York City Hall as they fight to combat the NYPD

Protesters host a seated protest on the steps of New York City Hall as they fight to combat the NYPD

Black Lives Matter protesters continue to gather in City Hall as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movement in New York

Black Lives Matter protesters continue to gather in City Hall as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movement in New York

People protest on the street before a protest against the police in a place they call "Town Hall Autonomous Zone" to support "Black Lives Matter".

People protest on the street before a protest against the police in a place they call the "Autonomous Zone of the City Hall" to support "Black Lives Matter".

Protesters form a line near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" that was established to protest the New York City Police Department

Protesters form a line near an area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" that was established to protest the New York City Police Department

Passers-by pause to see graffiti labeled "No Justice" scribbled over a statue in front of New York City Hall, along with black paint applied to two other figures

Passers-by pause to see graffiti labeled "No Justice" scribbled over a statue in front of New York City Hall, along with black paint applied to two other figures

He still urged members to adopt the budget: "Today's budget agreement is a necessity," he said.

The proposal also did little to reassure the demonstrators. Many said they wanted to stay outside the town hall indefinitely.

"We are set on fire," said activist Jawanza James Williams. "This movement is so much more than a billion dollars, and that means they don't understand what we're saying."

Activists say that the budget must make a significant, non-symbolic, difference in order to advance racial justice and curb the size and power of the country's largest police force.

Five years ago, the city council – then and now largely democratic – added almost 1,300 additional officials to the NYPD. Now Johnson has said he was wrong to support the expansion.

The council's budget leaders said they needed to reconcile calls to cut police work with residents' security concerns.

“Many in my community have supported the police and want the police. They just want families and young people to be treated fairly, ”said City Councilor Vanessa Gibson, who represents a district in the Bronx where more than half of the people of Spanish descent and about 40 percent are black.

Gibson said she met relatives of a 17-year-old Bronx on Tuesday who was shot on Sunday, days after he graduated from high school.

The proposal did little to reassure the demonstrators. Many said they wanted to stay outside the town hall indefinitely

The proposal did little to reassure the demonstrators. Many said they wanted to stay outside the town hall indefinitely

A protester wearing a protective mask sits near the town hall late Tuesday as a policeman watches

A protester wearing a protective mask sits near the town hall late Tuesday as a policeman watches

A protester deactivates a police camera during a protest to disappoint the police

A protester deactivates a police camera during a protest to disappoint the police

"I don't want anyone to misunderstand and think we don't care and we didn't bother to get to a place of justice," while ensuring that communities are not left behind with crime, violence, and illegality will become weapons in our communities, no programs, no activities, and no hope of a better tomorrow, ”Gibson said.

However, some other members said the budget proposal had not dealt with police spending deeply enough. City councilor Brad Lander, who voted no, called it "more budget dance than sensible cuts".

Reductions would result from the cancellation of a recruitment class for almost 1,200 people scheduled for the next month – although another class is planned for October – as well as the halving of overtime expenses, the shifting of officials from administrative functions to patrol and the end of police responsibility for the School transition guards and homeless.

The police department would also relinquish control over public school security that the NYPD took over from the Department of Education in 1998.

The city has approximately 5,300 civil security officers for schools. De Blasio said details would be worked out, but the education department would train the agents.

The money would instead be used for education, social services in communities affected by the virus and summer youth programs for over 100,000 people.

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gather in New York City as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movements

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gather in New York City as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movements

Protesters in New York are listening to a man speaking during a police service defusing action

Protesters in New York are listening to a man speaking during a police service defusing action

People take part in a protest to disappoint the police in a place they call "Town Hall Autonomous Zone" to support "Black Lives Matter".

People take part in a protest to disappoint the police in what they call the "Town Hall Autonomous Zone" to support "Black Lives Matter".

An upside-down American flag with the names of blacks who had died from the police is hung on railings during a protest against Black Lives Matter near New York City Hall

An upside-down American flag with the names of blacks who had died from the police is hung on railings during a protest against Black Lives Matter near New York City Hall

Further cuts to the NYPD's capital budget will be made, including the lifting of plans to build a new police station in Queens and the use of the money to build a community center. Pictured: demonstrators on the steps of the town hall hours before the legislature announced the decision

The NYPD's capital budget will continue to be cut, including the lifting of plans to build a new police station in Queens and the use of the money to build a community center. Pictured: demonstrators on the steps of the town hall hours before the legislature announced the decision

An aerial view of Black Lives Matter protesters who continue to demonstrate in New York City as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movement in New York City

An aerial view of Black Lives Matter protesters who continue to demonstrate in New York City as part of the Defund NYPD and Occupy City Hall movement in New York City

People protest on the street before a protest against the police in a place they call "Town Hall Autonomous Zone" to support "Black Lives Matter".

People protest on the street before a protest against the police in a place they call the "Autonomous Zone of the City Hall" to support "Black Lives Matter".

The NYPD's capital budget will continue to be cut, including the lifting of plans to build a new police station in Queens and the use of the money to build a community center.

"We all understand that we have to respond to the concerns of the moment that people want to see the progress of our society," said the Democrat de Blasio at a press conference. He vowed that the changes would not endanger public security.

Police officers said nothing on Tuesday. Commissioner Dermot Shea said he was open to giving up school security and other cuts as long as the number of officers on patrol did not decrease.

The NYPD budget is now around $ 6 billion, plus several billion more for shared city spending like pensions.

The new plan provides for an ambitious cut in police overtime by nearly $ 300 million. The department paid over $ 115 million in overtime only during the recent protests against Floyd's death on May 25 in Minneapolis.

The city's budget was nearly $ 93 billion in June last year. Before the virus appeared, de Blasio proposed a spending plan of over $ 95 billion for the fiscal year beginning on Wednesday.