BLM: Andrew Cuomo says getting $ 1 billion out of the NYPD budget doesn’t help
Cuomo says De Blasio takes over $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget, does nothing for the Black Lives Matter movement and instead urges him to “ design ” the police from scratch
- NY Gov Cuomo said the controversial new budget didn’t get much in the way of progress
- Instead, he urged De Blasio to start over and try to renew public confidence in the police
- The Blasio pushed a budget through the city council that takes $ 1 billion of the NYPD’s $ 5 billion budget on Tuesday
- Protesters say it is not enough and will do nothing for their movement
- Instead, they want the police to be abolished and completely rebuilt
- Union leaders say it’s a dangerous precedent and it’s hard for them to keep New Yorkers safe
- Protesters have been camping outside City Hall for more than a week now
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday reviled Mayor de Blasio’s decision to take $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget and asked what it actually did for the Black Lives Matter movement.
De Blasio pushed the new budget through the city council on Tuesday. It hits the NYPD’s overtime budget and also stops recruiting 1,100 new officers in July.
It has not satisfied anyone. City Hall activists and Black Lives Matter activists want more to be done. Politicians say that it comes down to moving pieces on a chess board by reformulating some of the funding categories or shifting them to create the illusion of change without making it.
The police say they run the risk of not doing their jobs properly and that it is a “punitive” response to the national outcry over the death of George Floyd.
Cuomo said at a news conference on Wednesday, “I don’t know what it means.
“What does that mean? Does this mean I’m less safe? Where did you get the billion dollars? Does this mean that I am safer? Does it have any effect on police abuse? I don’t know what it means. ‘
Cuomo wondered on Wednesday how much defunding the NYPD with $ 1 billion actually did for the Black Lives Matter movement
Another of the men arrested Wednesday morning in City Hall protest camp
He said the department should be “redesigned” instead, and that while painting Black Lives Matter outside Trump Tower was a “great” symbol, it wouldn’t force real change.
“We’re going to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the street in front of Trump headquarters. Excellent.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the new budget is paying more attention to young people
“From the first day I said that I am with Black Lives Matter. From the first day I said that I am with demonstrators. I said amazingly what this nation did after the murder of Mr. Floyd … I’m sorry it took so long.
“Why couldn’t we have done it six years ago after Eric Garner? Or Rodney King 30 years ago? But now we are here. Excellent.
Send that message to Mr. Trump, Black Lives Matter, to stop excessive force.
“Using the National Guard to stop protesters should stop … Tell any police in the United States it’s enough. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.
“Do you know which is better? Do something. Do something. Do something.
“Do you know where you start? You start at home. You know where change starts. Change starts with the person in the mirror, “he said.
He went on to say that confidence between the public and the police had eroded and needed to be restored.
“That’s what’s going on. And if you have no respect and trust, you have nothing. It does not work. It’s like a marriage.
Protesters have occupied City Hall Park day and night for at least a week, calling for a cut in the city’s police budget
“The community has said the relationship with the police doesn’t work, and if it doesn’t work for the community, it doesn’t work.
“You have to reshape the whole relationship. Bring the police, the politicians, the community together. Start with a blank sheet of paper.
“It will be a difficult conversation,” he said.
Protesters outside City Hall are still not satisfied with the defunding attempts. They want to see the power completely reimagined.
De Blasio praised the new budget on Tuesday as a step in the right direction.
He said he invested in youth by taking money from the NYPD and instead investing in youth programs.
He also plans to paint a Black Lives Matter mural along Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower, which the president is furious about.
Trump considers it a “symbol of hatred.”
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