Taking place one day before City Council’s first June meeting, various advocacy groups such as Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), VOCAL-NY, Make the Road New York, and others are demanding that $1 billion be removed from the NYPD’s budget and reinvested into other public solutions like education and community outreach programs. In June 2020, the New York City Council voted on the proposed budget saying “yes” to the reallocation. Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to cut money from the NYPD’s $6 billion operating budget.
Activists say this action comes as a result of the local government, as of yet, failing to fulfill last year’s pledge to reallocate these funds.
The rally demanded that changes be made before the approval of the 2022 fiscal year budget on June 30.