City Councilman Wants To See Cuts To NYPD's Budget

Steve Burns
June 01, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — One New York City lawmaker says the events of the past few days are making a good case for some changes within the NYPD.

    The mayor and governor have announced investigations into some troubling incidents involving police and protesters, including video showing police vehicles driving into a crowd.

    "We've been here before, we've all seen the investigations, the bottom line is we need action," Councilman Donovan Richards said.

    He is promising some action, starting with the police department's budget, which he says has been out of control for too long.

    "$25 million right now. There's no need for new police classes. We talk about cutting social service programs," he told WCBS 880's Steve Burns. "We need to cut that bloated budget and invest in communities to keep them safe."

    Richards chairs the council's public safety committee and he's promising some cuts.

    "The question is what is our priority as a city? Is it locking young people up or giving them a job?" he said.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed budget cuts brought on by a $9 billion deficit have largely spared the NYPD.

    Richards also says a bill will pass that provides a disciplinary framework for the NYPD.

    "Think about this in 2020 the police department doesn't have standards on discipline. It's the wild wild west," Richards said.

    In addition, Richards wants the state to fix the 50A law which shields police disciplinary records from the public and press.

    "And right now no one knows who's policing their streets," he said.

    Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have also voiced support for repealing the more than 40-year-old state law.

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