New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced millions of dollars in cuts to the police department’s budget — amid a massive surge in violent crime.
The plan would trim the NYPD budget by nearly $30 million, to about $5.41 billion, amid an ongoing surge in brazen retail thefts, shootings and homicides, including last month’s ambush murders of two cops in Harlem.
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In a Q&A session with reporters, Adams, a former NYPD captain, said the proposed 0.6 percent cut kept police funding “basically flat.”
“There may be a slight decrease in the next few months, but it’s basically going to be flat,” he said.
“I’m not going to do anything that’s going to get in the way of keeping New Yorkers safe.”
Adams repeated his vow to increase efficiency by putting hundreds of cops with desk jobs back on the street to fight crime.
“Every man and woman must be on deck with the mission of the Police Department,” he said.
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams says his budget would DEFUND THE POLICE.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 17, 2022
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