Discussion posted by: David McNamara
As the time for adopting the city’s annual budget nears, protesters are putting pressure on leaders to take $1 billion away from the New York City Police Department’s $6 billion budget. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he will reduce police funding, but he has not quoted a figure. Last week, an encampment that’s being termed “Occupy City Hall” sprang up at City Hall Park in lower Manhattan, with demonstrators demanding reduced spending on the NYPD. The protest has continued to grow, with Sunday marking the sixth straight day that demonstrators camped out in the park, Fox News reported. “Strong communities make safe communities, and police don’t, and so that’s what we’re fighting for,” protester Charles Khan told WCBS-TV.