De Blasio Plans To Shift Funds From NYPD To “Youth & Social Services” As UK Demonstrators Destroy ‘Racist’ Statues

June 7, 2020 in News by RBN Staff

by Tyler Durden

Update (1400ET): After years of clashing with the NYPD and the powerful police unions who hold sway over America’s largest police force, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has just announced a new policy that we imagine he has been secretly wanting to do for a long time: The mayor is planning to shift some funding way from police and toward youth and social services.

Critics immediately criticized the mayor for taking another step to return NYC to the bad old days.

Mayor Bill de Blasio


This morning we committed to move resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget.

Our young people need to be reached, not policed.

We can do this AND keep our city safe.

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 De Blasio won his original dark horse campaign by promising to reform the NYPD. Instead, he has mostly stoked acrimony with the cops, while failing to convince progressives that he is doing enough to implement the reforms they demanded. The latest crisis is giving de Blasio a chance to rectify that, but despite this, the mood inside city hall is said to be “one of despondence” as the city scrambles to prepare for Monday’s reopening as many departments see their relationships with the mayor’s office coming under unprecedented strain, per WSJ.

Meanwhile, Gov Cuomo expressed “concern” that the protests on Saturday, some of the largest yet, while few arrests were made and gatherings continued long into the night, might worsen the spread of the coronavirus as the city prepares to start its process of reopening on Monday, per BBG.

Responding to the left’s demands to defund police, a homeland security official told BBG that it’s “absurd” to talk about defunding police departments as a remedy for racial injustice.

Meanwhile, in the UK…