De Blasio to shift NYPD funding to local youth groups

From The New York Post:

Mayor Bill de Blasio has caved to calls to pull funding from the NYPD.

Hizzoner announced on Sunday that the city would reallocate an unspecified chunk of the department’s budget toward city youth groups and social services — days after dismissing demands to defund the police force, which has seen nearly 300 injured members amid recent unrest.

“Policing matters for sure, but the investments in our youth are foundational,” the mayor told reporters in a City Hall press briefing. “We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services.”

No particulars were announced — including how much money would be shifted, what cuts would have to made at the NYPD and which groups would benefit — with de Blasio saying the details would be hammered out in the coming weeks’ budget talks.

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