AOC: NYPD’s $1 Billion Budget Cut Doesn’t Go Far Enough

By Melanie Arter | July 1, 2020 | 1:52pm EDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who has echoed the cries of protesters in calling for the NYPD to be defunded finally got her wish on Tuesday when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council agreed to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget, but for Ocasio-Cortez, that wasn’t enough.

The congresswoman said that the decision was “not a victory” but “a disingenuous illusion,” the New York Post reported

“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,” she said in a press release.

““It does not mean counting cuts in overtime as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. The fight to defund policing continues,” she said.

“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,” she said.

As previously reported, de Blasio said he was “excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution and at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe and we make sure that our officers are on patrol where we need them around the city.”

The budget will reduce overtime by $352 million and trim the police force by 1,163 cops. A portion of the cuts - $349.5 million – will happen by transferring the police department’s school safety and crossing guard functions to other city agencies, the New York Post reported.

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