Monday, July 20, 2020. New York City – Protesters wanted NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio and NYC Council members to defund the NYPD for at least $1 billion.
The new budget did not defund the NYPD by $1 billion. Those who say the NYPD’s budget was cut by a billion are lying.
Council Member Carlos Menchaca said on Twitter, “THREAD: Last night, the City Council passed an austerity budget that does not defund the NYPD, but instead defunds our communities, particularly our immigrant communities.”
On June 12, 2020, Alex Williamson wrote on bkreader.com, “What exactly does “defunding the police” mean in New York City? It does not necessarily mean disbanding the entire police department (although that’s exactly what the city of Minneapolis has agreed to do after one of its officers killed George Floyd).
Instead, defunding the NYPD will most likely mean making significant cuts to the department’s budget and redirecting those funds to social programs, which may have the added benefit of improving quality of life and reducing poverty, and in turn, crime.
With a budget of more than $11 billion, when counting fringe expenses such as pensions, precincts, and legal settlements, the NYPD’s budget is about ten times that of the nation’s second most expensive police department, the LAPD, which costs the city of Los Angeles roughly $1.73 billion annually.”
On Tuesday, June 30, New York City Council Members approved a spending plan that DID NOT reduce the NYPD’s budget by a billion dollars.
Council Members that voted YES, did not want to defund the NYPD by at least $1 billion.
Council Members that voted NO, agreed with protesters and wanted to defund the NYPD by at least $1 billion.
Council Members that voted YES sided with the NYPD. Those Council Members can go to a rally or march and say they support Black Lives Matter, but in reality, they support the police.
Mayor Bill de Blasio can paint all the Black Lives Matter murals in the city, but he did not want to defund the NYPD by at least $1 billion.
Attorneys Rigodis Appling and Jason Wu write on gothamgazette.com, “America is being confronted with a truth that Black communities have always known—cops lie. They tell big lies that send people to jail for life. They tell small, yet still extremely dangerous lies like the completely fabricated Shake Shack poisoning. Cops especially tell insidious lies to cover up acts of racial terror, as we witnessed with recent lynchings that were officially labeled suicide by the police. These lies are part of a broader system, culture, and practice of police violence, and just one more reason why we must defund the police.
As public defenders, we bear witness to the lies cops tell to justify racist policing. Public defenders all across the United States have taken to social media in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to defund the police. Using the hashtag #CopsLie, The Black Attorneys of Legal Aid organized this digital campaign to show that the systemic racism and abuse within policing in America are not individual incidents and cannot be excused as aberration.
In an era of alternative facts, the amplification of #CopsLie stories reveal truth and give visceral meaning as to why we must defund the police. To defund the police is to reduce police contact with vulnerable communities, because policing is a part of the problem of violence in our society. As we begin to reframe what public safety means and the role of policing, we must also understand that defunding the police seeks to reallocate and redistribute resources from policing to institutions and services that promote healthy communities–like education, healthcare, and housing.”
This is the list of Council Members and how they voted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
YES: 32 (Adrienne Adams, Queens; Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Brooklyn; Diana Ayala, Manhattan/Bronx; Justin Brannan, Brooklyn; Fernando Cabrera, Bronx; Andrew Cohen, Bronx; Margaret Chin, Manhattan; Robert Cornegy, Brooklyn; Daniel Dromm, Queens; Mathieu Eugene, Brooklyn; Vanessa Gibson, Bronx; Barry Grodenchik, Queens; Andy King, Bronx; Peter Koo, Queens; Karen Koslowitz, Queens; Rory Lancman, Queens; Stephen Levin, Brooklyn; Mark Levine, Manhattan; Farah Louis, Brooklyn; Alan Maisel, Brooklyn; I. Daneek Miller, Queens; Francisco Moya, Queens; Bill Perkins, Manhattan; Keith Powers, Manhattan; Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan; Deborah Rose, Staten Island; Rafael Salamanca Jr., Bronx; Ritchie Torres, Bronx; Mark Treyger, Brooklyn; Paul Vallone, Queens; Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn.)
NO: 17 (Inez Barron, Brooklyn; Joe Borrelli, Staten Island; Steven Matteo, Staten Island; Chaim Deutsch, Brooklyn; Ruben Diaz Sr., Bronx; Mark Gjonaj, Bronx; Robert Holden, Queens; Ben Kallos, Manhattan; Brad Lander, Brooklyn; Carlos Menchaca, Brooklyn; Donovan Richards, Queens; Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn/Queens; Carlina Rivera, Manhattan; Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan; Eric Ulrich, Queens; Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens; and Kalman Yeger, Brooklyn.)
ABSENT: Costa Constantinides, Queens.
Council Member Carlos Menchaca said on Twitter after they voted for the new budget, “We did our best, but it was not enough. This Budget protects the NYPD, not New Yorkers. #DefundTheNYPD is not about a number. It is about changing our approach to public safety.”
“In a moment when New Yorkers, with the entire nation, are demanding a reimagining of public safety, a reckoning with systemic injustices and inequities, the city falls far short with a budget that misses the moment of need.”_Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams said on Twitter.
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