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Black N.Y. City Council Members Claim Progressive Calls to Defund Police ‘Have Overshadowed Our Fight'

Added 08-11-20 01:04:02pm EST - “New York City recently passed a budget that cut? $1 billion from the police department and re-purposed the funds for education and social services.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Black N.Y. City Council Members Claim Progressive Calls to Defund Police ‘Have Overshadowed Our Fight’ | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the wake of calls to address racism and police brutality, some black and Latino lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are urging their colleagues to pump the brakes on proposals to slash police department budgets.

City councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, a liberal Democrat who represents a West Bronx district where over half of residents are Hispanic and 40 percent are black, said her constituents “want to see cops in the community.”

“They don’t want to see excessive force. They don’t want to see cops putting their knees in our necks,” Gibson said. “But they want to be safe as they go to the store.”

New York City passed a new budget last month that cut $1 billion from the police department budget and re-purposed the funds for education and social services. The decision came amid calls from activists to slash even more funding from the police budget and as the city suffers a $9 billion revenue loss due to coronavirus lockdown measures.

“I don’t want anyone to misunderstand and think that we don’t care and that we have not been working our behinds off to get to a place of equity,” Gibson said in early July when the city’s new budget was passed, adding that communities must not be “left behind with crime, violence, illegal guns in our communities, no programs, no activities, and no hope for a better tomorrow.”

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