NYC City Council Votes to Shift $1 Billion Away From Police Force

Headline Roundup July 2nd, 2020

New York City Council voted Wednesday in favor of a budget that moves $1 billion away from the city's police force. The overhaul is aimed at reducing overtime spending and improving the city's mental health and homelessness outreach; it also led to the cancellation of a 1,200-person police recruiting class scheduled for August.

Coverage on all sides framed the changes as inadequate, but for differing reasons. Coverage from some left- and center-rated sources painted the budget as not doing enough to curtail the NYPD's financial power; some advocates called instead for a full hiring freeze. Coverage from some right-rated outlets focused on criticisms of the budget from law enforcement personnel, who argue the cuts are merely an accounting gimmick and decry City Council for supposedly bowing to "mob rule".

NYC City Council Votes to Shift $1 Billion Away From Police Force

From the Right
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the New York City Council’s move strip the New York Police Department of $1 billion in funding, questioning “what it means” and calling for concrete action.

“I don’t know what it means,” Cuomo said during a press briefing Wednesday. “What does that mean? Does this mean I am less safe? Where did you take the billion dollars from? Does it mean I am more safe? Does it have any effect on police abuse? I don’t know what it means.”

Cuomo’s comments came after the...

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From the Left
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New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift roughly $1 billion from the Police Department.

The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a $9 billion revenue shortfall that forced the city to make drastic across-the-board spending cuts.

But the virus was not the only external factor that affected the budget.

The protests that followed the police killing...

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From the Center
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As calls to defund the police grow louder around the country, New York City officials agreed on a budget that shifts roughly $1 billion from the police department, but advocates and lawmakers say the change doesn't go far enough.

The city council said in a statement Tuesday that the city's 2021 budget, totaling more than $88 billion, "reduces police spending and shrinks NYPD's footprint." The cuts came as the city is grappling with losing $9 billion in revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget cuts nearly $484 million from the...

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