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De Blasio rolls out plan shifting funds away from NYPD amid calls to defund the police

Chris White on June 7, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to shift funding away from the city’s police department and toward youth programs Sunday, as activists push for defunding police departments.

De Blasio’s plan is part of a suggestion from the mayor’s task force on racial inclusion, which is chaired by his wife, activist Chirlane McCray. Decisions about police funding must ensure New Yorkers’ safety is a priority, the mayor said during a press briefing.

“We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,” de Blasio said during the hour-long press conference Sunday addressing potential police reforms.

De Blasio’s announcement comes after he was booed during a vigil for George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled down on his neck for more than 8 minutes, video of the incident shows. “Defund the police” has become a common slogan among protesters and left-wing figures.

De Blasio added: “The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people.”

“This is a beginning. I want it to be abundantly clear to all New Yorkers. These are first steps to what will be 18 months of making intense change in this city. The work of this task force is crucial,” de Blasio said. “This is a transformative moment.”

Street vendor enforcement will also “no longer be the responsibility of the NYPD,” de Blasio added during the briefing. A civilian agency will now be responsible for policing citizens’ interactions with city vendors, he said without mentioning the agency.

Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, and resulted in second-degree murder and manslaughter charges being brought against the police officer, Derek Chauvin, who was immediately fired after the incident. The NYPD arrested hundreds of protesters, rioters and looters during the protests in New York City.

A campaign emerged after his death to reduce police department funds across the country and redirect such resources to other services.

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    Milissa Jacobs June 7, 2020

    And when crime spikes, it will be because of racism. Now is a good time to get out if you can.

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    Gwendolyn Dallimore June 7, 2020

    Give it to his wife’s fund which will probably end up in their pockets ?

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    Jojodmonkey June 7, 2020

    Excellent! My property values here in whorelando just doubled!

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    Glenn June 7, 2020

    De blazio is moving taxpayer money into demonRAT slush funds and his own pocket

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    teresa kenny June 7, 2020

    This man is the biggest coward I have ever witnessed.Just because he got booed at the groege Floyd memorial .His wife have been accussed of stealing millions from a foundation .

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    Dave Woodward June 7, 2020

    De Blasio has just proved that he is a total moron and should never have been elected Mayor of NYC. If he does defund the Police and brings in an independent body to be responsible for street vendors, there will be lawlessness throughout the city. I can just see the results – someone gets injured and calls the Police for help. The answer will be “Sorry, that is not our responsibility, speak to the Mayor’s private army”.

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    Crazy Elf June 7, 2020

    NOW is the time for ALL police officers in “blue cities and states” to resign. Let it be known, when crimes are being committed – your either on your own to defend yourself OR ——–!!!!!
    That being said, here’s another suggestion for everyone;
    *”https://www.theblaze.com/news/mark-levin-has-dramatic-suggestion-for-systemic-racism-and-politicians-will-hate-it”*
    IF citizens are required to fend for themselves, so should all political figures!

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    David T Wood June 7, 2020

    Really messed up for sure.

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    JC June 7, 2020

    That SOB should have been removed fro office a long time ago. He is more of a criminal than the worse criminals. He has mis managed the city, his wife has defrauded the city out of many millions of dollars that should have been spent on education, and his daughter was arrested the other night and she has a long record of trouble too. What a repulsive POS!

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    Crazy Elf June 7, 2020

    That’s been the case since the civil rights acts in the early 1960’s.
    I’ll bet “community organizers”, like Obama, steal monies from their communities. That’s how they become wealthy. Look at Obama’s wealth before he became a senator in Illinois. Then look at his wealth REALLY take off as president!
    He learned his lessons well from Saul Alinski’s “Rules For Radicals” and others – especially other socialists!

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    D June 7, 2020

    This has now become out of control. People are going to wind up taking the law into their
    own hands. Bet his family is covered.

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    Wilddog June 7, 2020

    The cops should go on strike. What’s Deblubber going to do about it? Fire the whole police force? So be it. Then we’ll see runaway crime in that sewer and a massive exodus of people and businesses away from NY. Just don’t come to a red state thinking about continuing to vote dummycrat. If they want dummycrats in charge, then stay in NY and live with what they voted for.

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    Anonymous June 7, 2020

    What’s funny about this knee jerk reaction is a new nation wide poll has 75 to 80% of people supporting the police. So the small minority that are demanding this are very sick and don’t understand how the system works.

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    Janet longo June 7, 2020

    De blasio is another puppet on a string. ALL NYPD officers should Quit and let’s see how be blasio likes to govern waste land or maybe he will need a cop some day and they will look the other way

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    Melinda Cobb June 7, 2020

    The police department should all stay home and the next riot, murder, robbery or other criminal activity, let DeBlasio go out and deal with it. The man is a fool and has no concept what it is to hold the position he is in. Donald Duck could do better. The people of New York need someone who cares about them and their futures. They should have the best services that money can buy with their cost of living in that city.

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    lillian reheusser June 7, 2020

    Damn. Czarina Chirlane gets her hands on more money that will go poof in the night. Wonder what she has on Billy Goat to make this happen time after time.

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    Donna June 7, 2020

    De Blasio has no common sense! If I were the police , when he calls for help, I would walk away and tell them to handle it. He has no respect for the police. He should get no funding since he wants to take away the police help. He is ridiculous and is not grateful for anything. Why do people vote such people in ?

    Donna

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    Boliver Shagnasty June 7, 2020

    Was thinking of visiting NY. Wife bucket list but that place is gonna be purgatory if it isn’t already. What a looser of a city

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    Art June 7, 2020

    Great idea Comerade Blasio. Why not just abolish the Police Department and see how well that works out!

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    Billy T. Wyatt June 7, 2020

    May all the thieves, murderers and all other crooks decend and lite on his door step.

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    charlotte young June 7, 2020

    is de blasio crazy. the city needs protection and he’s going to direct money away from the NYPD. Then he shouldn’t have any more protection than any other New Yorker that lives and works in the city. See if he likes to be threatened by a dissatisfied citizen. Police are necessary and should be paid well.

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    Jack June 7, 2020

    Hope DaBozo eliminates the police department in NYC! I give it two days max before the whole cursed place is in flames! One less gruber Dem city! ??

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    Tom June 7, 2020

    NEVER let the Democrats stop asking for pay cuts, eminination of, prosecution of police. They are already losing and this would throw on 85% of voters against them.

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    Mary June 7, 2020

    Scary
    I will not go to nyc any more which I do every 2 weeks. No money from me to line the evil
    Ockets

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    Phil Bulone June 7, 2020

    DeBozo will appointment a Black Police Commissioner and Latino Chief of Department to keep minorities happy. He will also lower test scores for blacks to be promoted and also for women. He will increase Community Policing which doesn’t work and the city will go back to the crime rates and homicide rates of the 70s.

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    Frank June 7, 2020

    This bum needs to be fired

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    JoeyP June 7, 2020

    OCK UP this TREASONISTIC Traitor in HANDCUFFS ASAP and PERMANENTLY for DERILICTION of DUTY as per the U.S. Constitution. REMEMBER all this during the 2020 Election . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020.

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    JoeyP June 7, 2020

    correction:”LOCK, not “OCK”. This website needs HELP!.

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    yosef yankelev June 7, 2020

    Politically correct, “caving in” announcement. It is pregnant with serious consequences for millions of peaceful, law-obiding citizens of NYC and other towns.

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    JackPowersIII June 7, 2020

    deBLASIO- fake name. Many big-time criminals in gov’t positions using fake names. Vernon Wilhelm, a germanic national socialist for sure! Second Amendment was added to the Bill Of Rights so as to give American Citizens a redress against tyrannical idiots like Vernon deBlase’, blah blah Wilhelm. Socialist idiots like this adolph-wanna-be deserve to become ‘tree-food’.

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    Marilyn June 7, 2020

    Absolutely right on! Let the know-.it-,alls take care of it and they’ll soon find out what the police have had to put up with. If o ere a police Id resign . I’m sure they would soon be begging them to come back! scum bums think it’s so easy, let them try to keep peace! God bless the police !

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    Marilyn June 7, 2020

    Why every time I comment on here it won’t go through and says I’ve already said that? I think this is screwed up let’s see if this goes through

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    VaWhiteTailHunter76 June 7, 2020

    Well, if I lived in NYC, I would quickly sell my house and “get the hell out of Dodge”.
    This LOBOTOMIZED LIBERAL MORON is about to make NYC the biggest shythole in the whole world.
    Never, ever, challenge a DimmieCrap with the question “How stupid can you be?” They take it as a challenge to outdo the other morons.

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    Nixxi June 7, 2020

    The Police need to go on strike and let the military handle Martial Law!! No more dead officers!!

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    Nixxi June 7, 2020

    All but THEIR pay cuts!!

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    Jeff Curtiss June 7, 2020

    LOL…, The Beginning of the End for NYC…!! Don’t come to CT looking for refuge..We don’t want it!!!

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    Jeff Curtiss June 7, 2020

    Lol…Exactly!!

  38. Avatar
    Jeff Curtiss June 7, 2020

    In March of this year,..NY’ers pillaged surrounding states..it cannot happen again!! Jyst say NO to the City’its..!!

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    JonaLee McCollough June 7, 2020

    What a bunch of BULLS——! Okay all NYers go buy a gun you are now going to policing your own stuff shoot then ask ?. You have been left no choice. No police no a other choice. What in the world is going on? Has everyone lost their God given brains?

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    MAGA4EVER June 7, 2020

    Defunding the Police will turn NYC into a “War Zone” and it will be “Open Season” for wanton violence and killing !

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    Anonymous June 7, 2020

    This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Instead of defunding the NYPD, they need to come up with a better training program for their officers including training them to hold each other accountable during arrests and when policing the streets. They just need to channel the money in different ways within the police department.

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    DAVID June 8, 2020

    TIME FOR DE BLASIO TO GO , TIME FOR ALL DEVILCRATS TO BE REMOVED FROM ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

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    Thomas Miller June 8, 2020

    And he said he was proud of his daughter being arrested, shows she takes a stand. (A stand for the wrong thing.) shows what kind of criminal family that is. VOTE HIM OUT!

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    Mike June 8, 2020

    Every single NY police officer should walk off the job for seven days and let that @$$hole see just what he is doing!
    What happens next will determine the next twenty years…..

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    Don June 8, 2020

    The police need to stay in the doughnut shops and allow the destruction until the city wakes up to the insanity.

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    Capt Gene June 8, 2020

    Being the good little communist useful idiot that he is, Comrade Mayor De Blasshole wants to defund the NYPD and give it to “youth” organizations.f Which ones in particular, Comrade Mayor, La Raza*? Hitlerjugend**? Komsomol***?

    * A Communist Hispanic organization dedicated to re-taking the Southwestern United States
    ** The Hitler Youth – Adolph Hitler’s primary German youth socialist indoctrination program
    *** Joseph Stalin’s Soviet youth indoctrination program

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    larry June 8, 2020

    De Blasio’s wife will lose the money like she did before and De Blasio will be richer

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    Jake June 8, 2020

    Yup they did.

    Ok new Yorkers let’s get this through your stupid skulls. It was your liberal voting that screwed you over. Dont bring the liberal BS with you when you leave New York. Learn economics and vote conservative so you will not have to move again

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    Toxic June 9, 2020

    “Youth programs”? Yeah. We see how well that has worked out already. You mean Thug programs. It doesn’t matter how much money you throw to the Black-thugs-in-training. It will never be enough. Why don’t you try buying them books, or work boots instead.

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    Azuka June 9, 2020

    Thank you! I love it.

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    AmericanPatriot June 11, 2020

    Soon this pandering moron will see how well this works out for the remaining police and the law abiding citizenry.

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    AmericanPatriot June 11, 2020

    Glad they’re on the other coast!

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