Declaring it to be a goal "that the time we are in calls for," leaders of the New York City Council have issued a statement announcing their intent to cut $1 billion in funding from the 2021 New York Police Department budget.
"There is no doubt that this is an ambitious goal, but it is one that the time we are in calls for – both here in New York City and nationwide," read the statement, posted on the council's website.
The proclamation was meant appease protesters and rioters, even as it falls short of their demand to "abolish the police." The significant cut would account for 1/6th of the entire budget set aside for the NYPD, and would demand the reorganizing of several key functions of the department.
The Police Benevolent Association reacted to the announcement with noticeable irritation, noting that the council will now "bear the blame for every new victim" they create through this policy:
"For decades, every time a city agency failed at its task, the city's answer was to take the job away and give it to the NYPD," the PBA said in a tweet. "If the City Council wants to give responsibilities back to those failing agencies, that's their choice."
Echoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, the council has pledged to partner with "impacted communities" as they seek to spend the additional billion dollars.