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

NYC mayor seeks $1 billion police cut amid City Hall protestA week after a “defund the police” protest became a full-blown occupation outside City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday he has a plan for the New York City police department budget to be slashed by $1 billion. The mayor, a Democrat, declined to discuss the sources of what he called “savings” for the nation’s largest police department, saying at a news briefing that the cuts are still being negotiated with the City Council. Money would be deferred to the city’s chronically underfunded public housing system and to youth programs, de Blasio said.