New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pummeled from all sides for his response to the devastating riots that overtook his city last week.
After weakly attempting to defend his police department during the chaos, de Blasio finally ended his weak stand and caved to the pressure to defund the city’s police force.
De Blasio tepidly defended his police throughout the all-out assault on them precipitated by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis two weeks ago.
After he was booed out of an anti-police protest on Thursday though, he appears to have chosen to side with the mob.
He announced on Sunday that the city will reallocate police funding to “to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks.”
He declined to provide details about how much funding will be shifted, saying that “I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense.”
The Washington Times reported that de Blasio said “the details of the funding cuts would be worked out before the city’s July 1 budget deadline. New York City spends about $6 billion of its $90 billion budget on policing.”
Both de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) have come under fire from police unions and organizations in the city for refusing to stand up for law enforcement in the embattled city.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said on Sunday that “Well, you’ve had over 300 — I think about 320 — [officers] that have been injured, I think some in the hospital. But there were over 300 injuries.”
“And the thing that scares me … I’m hearing close to 600 cops have either put in their papers or they’re talking to the [NYPD] about resigning or retiring.”