New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said that the cuts to the NYPD's $6 billion budget will be "very, very substantial," amid calls from protesters to decrease funding by at least $1 billion.
"We're working with the City Council right now. We don't have a final dollar figure, but we're going to do something very, very substantial," de Blasio said during an interview on The Brian Lehrer Show. "We'll know more in the next few days. I think we are moving in a very good direction."
Earlier this month, de Blasio vowed to cut funding from the police department's budget and reallocate the funds to youth initiatives and social services.
"I am convinced in the next days — I'm very hopeful that we'll get to a positive outcome with the council, a major shift in funds from the NYPD to youth services and other community needs," de Blasio added.
The mayor also emphasized in the same interview that there would be cuts to "every single agency, uniform and civilian" in order to close the $1 billion budget cut caused by the coronavirus pandemic if New York City doesn't receive financial assistance from Washington D.C. or the state.