Troubling video shows New York City police (NYPD) retreating from City Hall protesters after an early Wednesday clash — hours after the City Council passed its budget, including $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD.
“Whose streets? Our streets!” roared the protesters as they filled the sidewalks.
Another clip shows protesters mocking cops and singing, “Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye” as the officers approach the arch at 1 Centre Street.
As was the case Tuesday, tensions came to a head when protesters became enraged as police removed barricades they had illegally set up.
Video posted by Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott shows cops in riot gear moving the barricades away.
Officers are shown pushing through the crowd as the protesters shove back, some using their umbrellas to block or strike cops. One cop can be seen grabbing a person’s umbrella and throwing it on the ground.
One person claimed on Twitter that the NYPD stormed the protesters’ camp “full of aggression, looking to agitate,“ as “many where [sic] serving breakfast and cleaning.” But the video doesn’t back up that claim. All that is seen is police officers facing demonstrators who are camped out on the sidewalk.
NYPD stormed the camp full of Black & Brown protesters while many where sleeping, serving breakfast and cleaning...full of aggression, looking to agitate. More cops = more violence#OccupyToDefundNYPD #OccupyCityHall #DefundThePolice #DefendBlackLives pic.twitter.com/UPI7HKzXsq— Celina 🌹 #HomelessCantStayHome (@AkofenaBK) July 1, 2020
JULY 4 WALK-OUT?
For weeks, rumors have been circulating among law enforcement officials that the NYPD is not going to show up for work on July 4, to show New Yorkers what life will be like without police.
If that actually takes place, New York City would likely see its savages run riot, and the city would likely never recover, once all the world gets to see what actually infests that metropolis.
The NYPD retreat at city hall this morning came as the New York City Council passed the city’s $88.1 billion budget just after midnight Wednesday with hopes to solve the Big Apple’s $9 billion budget shortfall — in part by slashing NYPD spending by $1 billion.
The deal became official once Councilwoman Deborah Rose (D-Staten Island) became the 26th council member to vote in favor of the budget — representing a majority of the 51-person legislative body.
“Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today’s budget agreement is one of necessity,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.
“Heart-wrenching, impossible choices had to be made. It was not easy,” Johnson added.
The substantial cuts to the NYPD came in response to demonstrations seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
The effects will include, in part, reducing overtime by $352 million and trimming the size of the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety despite a recent surge in shootings.
A large chunk of the NYPD cuts — $349.5 million — was realized by transferring the department’s school safety and crossing guard functions to other city agencies.
Johnson promised the shift was indicative of a larger policy shift in how schools and students are policed.
The budget passed by a final vote of 32-17, with one member absent and another seat empty.
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