New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray speculated that an NYPD-free city would be “Nirvana” in a Tuesday interview with Time magazine.
“That would be a nirvana, a utopia we are nowhere near,” said McCray. When asked if New York would follow Minneapolis in an attempt to disband its McCray police station responded“They can do things that wouldn’t be possible in a big city like New York.”
In the same interview, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Could the human race evolve to a point where no guardians or structures are needed? I think in theory, but I don’t see that we will live for generations to come in the future. “
De Blasio told reporters on Sunday that an unspecified amount of the NYPD will be diverted to youth and social services, and credited McCray with the idea behind the initiative.
The NYPD had a budget of $ 6 billion in 2019, while City Comptroller recommended Scott Stringer to direct $ 1 billion from the police to other programs.
Following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department during his arrest, the number of calls to “ expose the police ” has grown. At the same time, massive demonstrations caused by Floyd’s death have led to riots and looting.
The NYPD has come into effect to quell riots in New York City, with looters targeting affluent neighborhoods in Lower and Midtown Manhattan, as well as parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have criticized the department’s performance in handling the demonstrations.
“Lawmakers, the press, everyone is trying to shame us into being ashamed of our profession,” shot Mike O’Meara, head of the New York Association of Police Benevolent Associations. “Stop treating us like animals and criminals and start treating us with some respect … We’ve been kept out of the conversation, we’re vilified – it’s disgusting.”
De Blasio has also appointed McCray to co-chair the Task Force Coronavirus Racial Inequality in the City.