NEW YORK — With New York City’s highly contested budget due by midnight, the NYPD could lose $1 billion.
As the proposal calls for a cut to the NYPD’s budget, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke to the PIX11 Morning News and admitted that the NYPD may have been “spoiled for some years,” but understands that cuts need to be made because “it’s a different world.”
However, Shea expressed concerns that the fate of the agency’s budget may also be impacted due to the current climate between cops and communities.
Protests have occurred across the city and nationwide calling for the defunding of police. The Occupy City Hall movement has been peacefully camped out by City Hall for the past week, but things started to escalate when protesters were met by police in riot gear as they moved across Chambers Street to just outside the Dinkins Municipal Building just before sunrise.
Tensions escalated overnight ahead of the city’s budget decision.
Shea attributed the escalation to incidents of vandalism on statues and attempts to damage cameras, which he called “really disturbing.”
Budgets cuts on the NYPD would impact police training and would likely impact communities of color as there would likely be an uptick in violence in certain neighborhoods, according to Shea.
Shea also attributed the increase in crime to laws passed that put people back in the streets, but also said COVID-19, bail reform and a criminal justice system “that’s just not working.”
Trust with the NYPD has also taken a hit in recent weeks, but Shea said there are still a lot of people in the city who still have trust and good relationships with the officers in their neighborhoods.