New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Aims to Follow the Lead of Minneapolis and Remove Police Funding
“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” the mayor said, according to a report from the New York Times published on Sunday.
De Blasio claims that he will figure out the exact terms of the budget cuts to police before the city’s budget deadline on July 1. Hundreds of current and former staffers for de Blasio have signed a letter urging him to cut at least $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion annual budget.
Recently, Black Lives Matter protesters booed de Blasio when he attempted to appear in solidarity with their cause at a rally. They even turned their backs on him in a flagrant sign of disrespect.
“F— the mayor’s curfew!” the unruly mob shouted at de Blasio.
After being humiliated, de Blasio has turned even more sharply against law enforcement. His lax criminal justice policies have already caused a rash of crime throughout the city, even before the race riots began.
Big League Politics has reported on how New York City is quickly becoming a hellscape due to de Blasio’s leadership (or lack thereof):
Since 2019, New York City has experienced a considerable growth in crime.
The Daily Mail reported that major crimes rose by 22.5 percent in February according to NYPD data. This was accompanied by a 7.1 percent increase in shootings, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto crimes.
According to Fox5, police are blaming criminal justice reforms for this uptick in crime.
Reports indicate that there were 16,343 major crimes reported in the first two months of 2020 compared to 13,648 during the same period in 2019. This marks an increase of 2,695.
During the first 58 days of 2020, 482 people who were previously arrested for committing felonies such as robbery or burglary were arrested again for committing an additional 846 crimes.
35 percent, or 299, of those were arrested for committing the following major crimes: Murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto.
Law enforcement officials claim that all of the suspects who had been arrested would have usually been incarcerated prior to the passage of new bail reform laws.
On January 1, 2020, New York State introduced comprehensive criminal justice legislation, which included the abolition of cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, such as robbery.
As of now, judges are required to let individuals charged with such crimes go free without cash bail.
Anarcho-tyranny is on the way because of weak leaders like de Blasio who cave to the mob.