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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will propose to the New York police a $ 1 billion annual budget cut in response to demands made during the recent wave of protests against police brutality.

De Blasio said during a press conference that he has prepared the proposal to submit to the city council this weekend. The funds go to youth programs and “communities to address various underlying issues that we know are the source of so many problems in our society,” reports The Hill newspaper.

“I am delighted to say that we have a plan for real reform. That we can achieve real redistribution and that we can also ensure that our city is safe, ”he said.

In recent weeks following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, calls from large parts of New York civil society to city authorities to invest part of the budget allocated to the police in other public services have become particularly relevant. through the Minneapolis Police Department.

Added to De Blasio’s announcement are the promises made by mayors in San Francisco and Los Angeles who have pledged to cut budgetary allocations for law enforcement, while a range of measures have been approved in other cities, such as Washington. to improve control over how the law is applied by these officials.

The Mayor of New York has not specified where that billion dollar is going, although one of the proposals he is considering is the possibility of allocating about $ 500 million to the city’s youth centers, as well as housing policies.

One of De Blasio’s proposals is the cancellation of a course for about 1,100 new recruits for next month and the transfer to the Department of Education of school guards wearing police uniforms, Politico newspaper noted. “.

New York City police currently have an annual budget of about $ 6 billion.

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