New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will propose a $ 1 billion annual budget cut to the New York City Police Department to respond to demands made during the recent wave of protests against the New York City police force Police violence.
De Blasio said at a press conference that he had prepared the proposal to present it to the city council next weekend. The funds go to youth programs and “communities to solve various underlying problems that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society,” reports The Hill newspaper.
“I am happy to say that we have a plan for real reform. We can achieve real redistribution and we can also ensure that our city is safe,” he said.
The demand by broad sectors of New York civil society for city officials to invest part of the police budget in other public services has become particularly relevant in the hands of the Minneapolis police in the last few weeks after George Floyd’s murder on May 25 .