Like many major cities, New York has seen a deluge of violent crime in recent weeks as rioting broke out following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Beatings, looting, and arson have become common occurrences in the Big Apple, as have attacks on the police, but rather than attempting to strengthen law enforcement, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has caved to the progressive mob and announced plans to slash funding for the NYPD, the Washington Examiner reports.
Budget cuts to come
“We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,” the Washington Examiner quoted de Blasio as telling reporters on Sunday.
The mayor wasn’t explicit about the details, stating that a specific dollar amount “will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead.”
“But,” he continued, “I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people.
“I also will affirm we will only do it in a way that is certain to continue the city will be safe,” de Blasio promised, although how that goal would be achieved was not made clear. He did speak of hiring individuals to serve as “community ambassadors” to assist with the process, according to the Examiner.
Funding already slashed
The Examiner reported that New York City’s police budget already took a substantial cut last year, and city comptroller Scott Stringer is now calling for yet another reduction.
According to Stringer, “breaking down structural racism in New York City will require long-term, lasting change — and that must include reducing the NYPD’s budget.”
“If our budget is a reflection of our values, it is unconscionable that services for Black and Brown New Yorkers are on the chopping block while the NYPD’s budget remains almost entirely untouched,” he complained, adding:
This is a bold and achievable roadmap to immediately cut millions and instead invest those critical dollars in underserved communities and the programs that will uplift those New Yorkers who need it most.
One person who isn’t on board with the new approach is former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, during whose tenure crime in the city dropped dramatically.
According to the Examiner, Giuliani had harsh words for his city’s current leader, saying, “We have watched now over and over again people looting, throwing Molotov cocktails, burning cars, and now putting our police in prison, in hospitals, and virtually no major arrests are made.”
Indeed, given the recent unrest and upheaval witnessed all across the city, it seems obvious that law enforcement professionals in New York require more in the way of resources, not less.