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Politics Ocasio-Cortez dismisses proposed $1B cut: 'Defunding police means defunding police'

00:40  01 july  2020
00:40  01 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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“ Defunding police means defunding police . It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. “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.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-NY) threw her support behind a movement that would defund the New York Police Department in the wake of George Ocasio - Cortez said in a congressional primary debate Friday night on NY 1 that she has “actively engaged in advocacy for” a “reduction of our NYPD

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said that New York City's proposed $1 billion cut from the police department budget tip-toes around demands from activists who are asking for lessened police presence.

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Activists have noted that though the plan proposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cuts one-sixth of the city's police budget and much of it would be transferred to other city departments, such as the city's department of education paying for school police, instead of removing the police from schools as activists have asked.

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The movement to defund police has explicitly called for funds taken from police departments to be moved toward social services and many activists have specifically objected to having police officers in schools.

"Defunding police means defunding police," the congresswoman said in a statement. "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."

De Blasio said at a press conference Monday that his office presented a budget to the City Council over the weekend that would "achieve a billion dollars in savings" for New York police.

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What does it mean to ‘ defund the police ’? For years, community groups have advocated for defunding law enforcement – taking money away from police and prisons – and reinvesting those funds in services. The basic principle is that government budgets and “public safety” spending should

Anthonine Pierre, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform said in a local TV interview that de Blasio is "doing funny math and playing the PR games he always plays" in the proposal.

"It seems like the mayor is trying to use the talking points of defunding the police without actually meeting the demands," Pierre said.

Calls to defund the police and put government funding toward other social services have gained traction in the weeks since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Mayors in San Francisco and Los Angeles have pledged to cut police budgets, while city councils in places such as Washington, D.C., have passed a slate of reform measures to enhance law enforcement oversight.

Ocasio-Cortez said that cutting the police budget is not effective if it does not result in the lessened presence of law enforcement.

"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 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."

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