Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on Tuesday, bashed the proposed New York City police department budget cuts to the police department as not enough.
According to AOC — who is typically calling for more spending rather than less — a billion dollar budget cut for the nation’s most populous city is not enough to satisfy her, adding, “defunding police means defunding police.”
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman said in a statement.
Democrats can’t seem to get on the same page when it comes to what “defund the police” means and have constantly bickered over the matter. While “moderate” Dems wants you to believe that the phrase should not be taken literally, more progressive Dems want to get rid of police departments all together.
“It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”
The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio reached a deal Tuesday to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget.
That $1 billion would go instead to education, social services in communities hit hard by the virus, and summer youth programming for over 100,000 young people.
Cuts are also coming for the NYPD’s capital budget, such as canceling plans to build a new precinct in Jamaica, Queens, and instead, building a community center. The city is also planning to shift some police capital funding to install broadband internet in public housing complexes.
Radical activists siding with AOC have said they won’t accept any plan that merely shifts money around without making what they see as meaningful changes.
Public Advocate Jumaani Williams held a Zoom call to talk about plans to potentially block the budget.
“If we have a hiring freeze for every single city agency, that should include the NYPD,” he said, according to ABC7 NY. “There’s no reason why we’re not hiring additional guidance counselors. We’re not hiring additional nurses. We’re not hiring additional homeless outreach workers across the city.”
The failed liberal mayor celebrated himself along with the new budget as real action on a call for justice.
“We’re acting on that call for justice. I believe it is our mission to redistribute resources to those who need them the most,” the mayor said. “This is real redistribution.”
President of the Police Benevolent Association Pat Lynch, however, pointed out serious safety concerns with the cuts.
“Shootings more than doubled again last week,” he said in a statement. “Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough manpower to shift cops to one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe. We will say it again: the mayor and the City Council have surrendered the city to lawlessness. Things won’t improve until New Yorkers hold them responsible.”