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Ocasio-Cortez Releases Statement on Proposed ‘Cuts’ to NYPD Budget

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) released the following statement on reports concerning proposed budget ‘cuts’ to NYPD.

“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so that the exact same police remain in schools. It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. It does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800M from NYC schools. If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to NYPD’s budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”

A supervising video producer for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign tweeted a meme in June that urged people to stop calling the police “pigs.” and mockingly goes on to say, “Pigs are highly intelligent and empathetic animals who would never racially profile you.”

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