NYC mayor seeks $1 billion police cut amid City Hall protest

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Protesters rest on a grassy area surrounded by signs calling for the changes and abolition of police forces at an encampment outside City Hall, Friday, June 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s proposing slashing the New York City police budget by $1 billion.

With a “defund the police” sit-in protest continuing outside City Hall, de Blasio said Monday that the New York Police Department had found ways to find the cuts from its current $6 billion budget that would open up more funding for youth and other community programs.

There was no immediate comment from the NYPD.

Hundreds of demonstrators have been camped out in City Hall Park and demanding police defunding following  weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by law enforcement.

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