Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed-in Thursday on a series of violent attacks against NYPD officers on the Brooklyn Bridge; saying anyone who assaults the police will “face the consequences.”
“There’s no situation in which it’s acceptable to attack a police officer. I talked to Terry Monahan after I heard that he was there. Thank God, he’s ok. It’s just not acceptable. Here’s the reality: Anyone who does that will suffer the consequences,” said the Mayor.
Peaceful protest has always been honored in our city. But there is no acceptable violent protest. pic.twitter.com/qqulnLw3wj
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 16, 2020
I’ve said it very clearly: Peaceful protest is honored in New York City. There’s no acceptable violent protest. Any violent protest will be stopped and there will be consequences for everyone involved,” he added.
Watch de Blasio’s comments above.
NYC SPIRALS: AOC Says $1B Cut for NYPD Not Enough, ‘Defunding Police Means Defunding Police’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., weighed in Tuesday on the proposed New York City budget cuts to the police department she said don’t go far enough, saying “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.
Establishment Democrats and progressives have debated over what “defund the police” actually means. Some argue the phrase shouldn’t be taken literally and just stands to represent police reforms.
“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.
Read the full report here.
‘THE RIGHT DIRECTION’: De Blasio Defends Defunding NYPD, Says Money Went to ‘Youth Programs’
Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his decision to defund the NYPD by $1 billion Monday morning; saying the move was the “right direction” and the money will go towards “youth programs and recreation centers.”
“There’s a lot of different pieces. We obviously took money out of the NYPD budget and put it into youth programs, social services, recreation centers. That’s really the right direction,” said the Mayor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: "We need the good work of the men and women of the NYPD in the streets of our city." pic.twitter.com/xDoDyjVkHk
— The Hill (@thehill) July 13, 2020
“The fact that we’re going to have to fight crime in many ways is also clear… We need communities to come forward through civic leadership, the clergy… They can do things the NYPD can’t do,” he added.
Watch the Mayor’s comments above.