Police and 'Defund NYPD' Protesters Clash at City Hall Park

There were confrontations between police and protesters occupying City Hall Park in New York early on June 30, the day city legislators were expected to vote on a budget that would include cuts to police funding.

Footage posted on Twitter by Dean Colin Marcial shows police and protesters involved in a struggle just before 6 am as police attempted to clear the crowd from Centre Street, in front of the Manhattan Municipal Building.

A statement from Vocal NY, the group leading the occupation of City Hall Park, says, “The New York City Budget is due in by July 1st, 2020 — we are demanding that NYPD is defunded by $1 billion dollars and that money is used to invest in the things that really make our communities safe like housing, health care, education, and more.”

According to the New York Times, a cut in police funding of $1 billion will be included in an austerity budget agreed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and officials.

However, the Times said around half that figure would be achieved through a “budgetary sleight of hand”. School safety officers, currently under the auspices of the NYDP, would be moved to the authority of the Department of Education, the Times said. Credit: Dean Colin Marcial via Storyful