Defund the Police? NYC Mayor De Blasio Unveils Big Budget Changes

09 Juin, 2020, 19:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Defund the Police? NYC Mayor De Blasio Unveils Big Budget Changes

Exactly 100 days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in New York City, some workers began returning to jobs on Monday at the start of reopening from a citywide shutdown to battle the epidemic that killed almost 22,000 of its residents.

With the virus in check, at least for now, many stores previously deemed non-essential were cleared to reopen - for delivery and pickup, though not browsing inside. Construction, manufacturing and wholesalers also received the go-ahead to resume work.

When, later that month, two police officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn while they were sitting in their patrol auto, a police union leader said Mr de Blasio had blood on his hands. "Let's hope it continues".

Subway rider Jim Duke, who commutes from the NY suburb of Putnam County, said normally packed trains had few enough riders to accommodate social distancing from other commuters.

Owners of smaller shops were eager to reopen, even if they didn't expect much business.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday vowed to shift funding from the city's police department to social services amid growing calls for cities to defund their police forces.

But he warned the city against letting its guard down and jeopardizing its hard-won progress against the virus: "Let's hold onto it. Let's build on it". The city's law enforcement has been long accused of racism. Officials who had focused for months on public health and economic woes are now also facing urgent pressure for police reform.

The Hudson Valley region has just become the latest in NY to enter Phase 2 of reopening the economy as the state recovers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the early morning, he announced on Twitter that New York City's first curfew since World War II would end immediately, a day earlier than planned. The number has since dropped into the single digits. He vowed that the cuts would not compromise the safety of New Yorkers.

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Sam Solomon wondered what normal will look like from now on.

"I know he just recently said that he wasn't going to do that", he said.

The city tries to get back to business after becoming the epicenter of the USA coronavirus outbreak, suffering a surge that killed more than 500 people a day at its early-to-mid-April peak. In early April, more than 6,000 people a day were testing positive.

The virus is sill raging in places like Brazil, which over the weekend stopped reporting its death toll. "That was basically one of our major demands - one of many - but we were specific on numbers". More restaurants offered carryout service, and thousands of people marched in protests sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. "Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!"

The comments came only two days after the mayor told reporters on Friday that he did "not believe it's a good idea to reduce the budget of the agency that's here to keep us safe".

"It's going to be a big test", said Dr Bruce Polsky, a city resident who is chairman of medicine at NYU Winthrop hospital in suburban Mineola.

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